National Monument William Wallace (in English National Wallace Monument, or simply Wallace Monument ) is one Tower located in the top of the mount Abbey Craig, near Stirling, in Scotland . commemorates the figure of William Wallace, a Scottish military hero of Century XIII

Construction

The tower was constructed thanks to a campaign of collection of bottoms, in the middle of a renewed nationalistic feeling Scottish during Century XIX . Besides this public subscription, also it was financed by some foreign employers, including the Italian leader Giuseppe Garibaldi . was completed in 1869 following the designs of Architect John Thomas Rochead, and consists of an Arenaceous tower of of about 70 meters of stop, in Victorian gothic style. It is placed at the top of the hill of Abbey Craig, one rock that rises on Abbey of Cambuskenneth, and from which is said that William Wallace observed the army of the king Eduardo I of England, before Batalla of the Bridge of Stirling.

In order to accede to the monument it is necessary to ascend to the hill, and can as well rise at the most high of the monument through the 246 steps of his Spiral staircase . From the stop the views of Ochil Hills and the valley of can be observed Forth River . Inside the tower also diverse objects are conserved that say that they belonged to William Wallace, as his Great sword of battle of 1.67 meters in length (not to confuse with typical Scottish Claymore ).

Of William Wallace to Braveheart

In 1997 settled a new statue in honor to William Wallace on the foot of the hill of the Monument, next to the parking of cars. Nevertheless, the picture of the hero was looked less like original the historical one that to the face of Mel Gibson, that it had incarnated in the film Braveheart - term that in addition appeared in the shield of the hero in the statue.

According to William Temby this brought about the displeasure of the Scot, and the mobilization of different social groups that demanded their retirement; this one was denied, and since then the monument underwent vandalisms appellants, that spoiled especially the face of the statue. For that reason the statue had to be protected by bars, something surprising if it considers that the title of the statue was Freedom . According to the news programme Rampant Scotland Newsletter, when in September of 2004 was finished the term of the rent of the occupied space by the statue, to its for sale put it author by auction with an initial price of £350.000, without there were buyers.

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