The Scott Monument is the largest monument in the world to honor a writer, in this case, Sir Walter Scott. It is located in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh. The tower stands 200 feet 6 inches with multiple viewing platforms at various levels of the monument. The monument was designed by George Meikle Kemp and the foundation stone was laid on August 15, 1840. The monument was completed six years later on the same date.
“I am sorry to report the Scott Monument a failure. It is like the spire of a Gothic church taken off and stuck in the ground.” – Charles Dickens, 1858
Location and visitor information for the Scott Monument can be found here.