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David Hume statue

Edinburgh has statues everywhere. The David Hume is on the Royal Mile and cannot be missed if... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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I was pleasantly surprised to see this statue here. David Hume is a towering figure of the... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2018
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Reviewed 4 August 2015

The bronze statue of the 18th century British philosopher is on Royal Mile close to St Giles Cathedral. Hume is clothed in Greek Classical clothes, with the big toe of the right foot literally sticking out. The toe is rubbed to bring ‘good luck’ by...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came across this statue of the philosopher Estatua David Hume in the Walking Tour. He is located on the Royal Mile in Greek classical clothing. Students rum is toe for luck. While the rest of the statue looks green, the toe is polished bronze.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful stature of Hume created by Stoddart who intentionally left his toe just over the mantle to rub for luck! Thousands of students rub it for luck as well as rugby fans prior to the game

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Reviewed 9 October 2018

Edinburgh has statues everywhere. The David Hume is on the Royal Mile and cannot be missed if walking by.

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Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Bronze statue of celebrated and revered Scottish philosopher. Found mid-way down Royal Mile. Worth a walk-by and short peek.

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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised to see this statue here. David Hume is a towering figure of the Enlightenment and it is good to see him recognized in this work of statuary. I think it is a little odd the way people rub his toe out...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

Situated in front of the old Sheriff court ,now the High Court Building this statue was funded by an International appeal and commissioned in 1995. The Sculptor was Sandy Stoddart . Cast in bronze the figure draws tourist who rub his big toe. Hume 1711-1776...More

Thank craigluscar
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Statue of David Hume by Alexander Stoddart on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh is done in a Greco-Roman style worthy of a rational thinker and philosopher. The tourists like to rub his toe for good luck, Ironic really.

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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

This 9 foot bronze statue of David Hume is on High Street, close to St. Giles Cathedral, across the street on the Royal Mile. Erected in 1997 to honor the native son and famous philosopher David Hume. Ironic that the staunch advocate of rationality, has...More

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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

This statue of the 18th century philosopher stands in a very prominent position on the Royal Mile. Whilst there is nothing wrong with the sculptors work, it is one of those monuments that has succumbed to the "Rub Here For Good Luck" fashion. Hence he...More

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

We passed by the statue of David Hume while walking along the Royal Mile. Like many other tourist we stopped for a moment to touch his shiny toe to gain some good fortune.

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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
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