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Edinburgh’s oldest monument

Set away from the Royal Mile in Parliament Square and to one side of St Giles’ Cathedral, this... read more

Reviewed July 30, 2019
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Equestrian statue of Charles II

This statue stands in tribute to King Charles II, the Stuart king restored to the throne after the... read more

Reviewed June 26, 2019
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Equestrian statue of king Charles II on Parliament square, by St Giles' Cathedral on the Royal Mile, in Edinburgh.
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Set away from the Royal Mile in Parliament Square and to one side of St Giles’ Cathedral, this statue honours Charles II - erected in 1685 - who is wearing Roman military clothing atop the oldest lead equestrian monument in the United Kingdom. Pretty interesting and good to know
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This statue stands in tribute to King Charles II, the Stuart king restored to the throne after the death of Cromwell. This is apparently the oldest statue in Edinburgh and one of the oldest lead statues in the United Kingdom. It features the king upon a horse and oddly, dressed
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The lead equestrian statue of King Charles II is the oldest statue in Edinburgh. It stands in Parliament Square and was erected in 1685. The statue was reputed to have come from the Netherlands from the workshop of Dutch sculptor and master carver Grinling Gibbons. The plinth
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We came across this lead equestrian statue of King Charles II last weekend whilst on a day trip to Edinburgh. During a walk up the Royal Mile we deviated slightly left to view the old Parliament House, and the statue is situated in the back part of Parliament Square. We were
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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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