There are two observatories in Edinburgh, the Royal Observatory on Blackford Hill and the City Observatory up on Carlton Hill, along with monuments to Nelson and Robert Burns and the unfinished National Monument with a predominant Greek architectural style reinforcing Edinburgh's title of 'Athens of the North'.
The history of the 2 observatories is intertwined as the City Observatory was the Royal Observatory before its move to Blackford Hill in 1896.
The origins of the observatory on Carlton Hill go back to the mid-18th century when a joint private and university observatory was created in buildings which are Gothic in style. Playfair's neoclassical temple with its four wings round a central dome came in 1822 as the Royal Observatory.
The Observatory was latterly occupied by the Edinburgh Astronomical Society, but they moved out in 2009 and the buildings had various temporary uses until a £1million refurbishment project by Edinburgh City Council in partnership with the Collective contemporary art gallery, restoring the buildings, creating a visitor centre and new art spaces plus, in a new building, a restaurant with incredible views across Edinburgh.
The Collective specialises in contemporary art and you will either love it or hate it. The current exhibition did little for me, I'm afraid. What would be good if the gallery and Edinburgh Museums could use the exterior spaces for contemporary sculpture - this could be an amazing addition to the location.