Charles II. Monument

Charles II. Monument, Edinburgh: Address, Charles II. Monument Reviews: 4/5

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Neighbourhood: 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-flavoured 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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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Malgorzata
10,295 contributions
Really fine equestrian statue of Charles II
Oct 2019
The King Charles II equestrian statue is located in Parliament Square in Edinburgh. This is evidently the oldest statue in Edinburgh and is made of lead. The statue was completed only a month before his death, which took place in February, 1685. In 1922 it was reconstructed, and it was found then that the figure was cast in one piece and soldered to the body of a horse cast in parts. The King Charles II is dressed as a Roman emperor. On his head, he wears a laurel wreath. A beautiful statue in a beautiful location.
Written 14 September 2020
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,414 contributions
Equestrian Statue
Jul 2020
Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, in Parliament Square on the Royal Mile, the Equestrian Statue of Charles II is situated behind St Giles Cathedral.

A bronze statue on a stone plinth, in a really picturesque area of Edinburgh.
Written 23 July 2020
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George B
Aberdeen, UK1,547 contributions
Superb Statue of Charles 2nd
Feb 2020 • Solo
The statue of Charles 2nd can be found in Parliament Square off Royal Mile not far from St Giles Cathedral. Erected in 1685 and is one of the oldest lead statues in the UK. It depicts the King as a Roman Emperor.
It was restored in 2010-11.
Written 16 February 2020
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SmileyKay
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,416 contributions
Another statue on the Royal Mile
May 2019 • Couples
Equestrian statue of king Charles II on Parliament square, by St Giles' Cathedral on the Royal Mile, in Edinburgh.
Written 1 August 2019
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,183 contributions
Edinburgh’s oldest monument
Jul 2019 • Friends
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 this statue, despite not being centrally located in Edinburgh centre, is the oldest of the many monuments throughout the city.
Written 30 July 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK146,617 contributions
Equestrian statue of Charles II
Jun 2019 • Solo
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 as a Roman emperor. He is dressed in military clothing wearing a leather muscle cuirass. On his head, he wears a laurel wreath to signify his triumphant restoration. In his right hand he is carrying a consular baton to further the Roman Emperor allegory.

A fine equestrian statue of Charles II
Written 26 June 2019
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
Oldest statue
Apr 2017 • Family
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 was executed by Robert Myline, the Kings Master Mason in Scotland. The statue has fallen into disrepair over the years and have been repaired many times. The latest restoration was in 2010-11.
Written 24 June 2017
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thetravellingmanUk
uk9,668 contributions
The oldest statue in Edinburgh
Feb 2017 • Couples
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 interested to learn that it is the oldest statue in Edinburgh, is made of lead, and is one of the oldest lead statues in Britain.
It was erected in 1685.
Written 4 March 2017
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finglaspete
Dublin, Ireland2,558 contributions
English king on a horse in the Royal(English or Scottish?)Mile
Oct 2016 • Couples
The more I review Edinburgh, I realise so much that there are so many English people that have some really grand statues dedicated to them, is it because of the English enforcing their rule on the people here, or is it that the people of Edinburgh at the time were just a bunch of closet Anglophiles?
Anyway, it's a fine statue, the hard partying royal would be proud I am sure, but other than war memorials and Greyfriars bobby I am on the lookout for 'working class' monuments of Edinburgh, which there does appear to be very few. Have a look and you will see the rest are either English, or from extremely rich families, when it was the taxes of the people that gave these people they had.
Written 4 February 2017
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