You can get a better sense of the enormity of this monument with people sitting and enjoying a break in the image.
Another view from Princes street. It amazed me just how close to traffic and the comings and goings of life in the city the monument is.
Here are details of the spire with characters representing some of his works; the craftsmanship of this architecture – construction started in 1840 – is just astounding. You can also just make out in red a tourist who had the will and energy to climb the stairs just underneath the front right lower spire.
And this is just how much it dominates the city skyline; it is the spire on the left. For those of you who follow Marvel comic movies, a part of Avengers Infinity War was filmed here in Edinburgh. As a matter of fact, in this photo (click on the image for a better view) you can make out a wavy roof top at the bottom of this photo. That is the Waverly train station and it appears in the movie. I was one happy fan girl.
To get this shot I stood on the Waverly bridge, which links old town to new town, for half an hour watching the sky change colors over the city of Edinburgh until the sun finally set at 10pm. With sunrise at 4:30am that made for a wonderful long day.