License: Creative Commons - Attribution Author: Mike McBey
This monument, on Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland dates from 1844 and is the largest monument in the world to a writer.
Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1832 was also a playwright, poet and historian. His books include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy and The Lady of the Lake. He was also a respected judge (Sheriff in Scotland).
The tower is 200 feet 6 inches (61.11 m) high and it's possible to climb the 287 steps up an internal spiral staircase to viewing levels which provide superb views of central Edinburgh.
The base of the monument shows a statue, made from white Carrara marble, of Sir Walter seated, writing one of his works with a quill pen and with his dog beside him.
Today many visitors make the arduous climb to the viewing platforms and some have comment that seen from a distance it looks a little like an ancient rocket.