WIL­LIAM WAL­LACE MON­U­MENT

This im­pos­ing and Dra­matic Gothic Tower is scot­land’s Trib­ute To its most iconic war­rior from The mid­dle ages

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The Na­tional Wal­lace Mon­u­ment is one of the most strik­ing memo­ri­als ded­i­cated to me­dieval war­fare in the United King­dom. Com­pleted in 1869, the mon­u­ment is a 67-me­tre (220 feet) sand­stone Vic­to­rian Gothic tower that com­mem­o­rates Sir Wil­liam Wal­lace. Wal­lace was a Scot­tish knight who be­came one of the lead­ers against Ed­ward I’s English oc­cu­pa­tion dur­ing the First Scot­tish War of In­de­pen­dence. Long re­garded as one of Scot­land’s most ven­er­ated na­tional he­roes, the mon­u­ment is lo­cated at the scene of Wal­lace’s great­est vic­tory, at Stir­ling Bridge in 1297.

The mon­u­ment over­looks the River Forth near Stir­ling, on a vol­canic hill called Abbey Craig, and it is open to the pub­lic. The top of the tower is known as ‘The Crown’ and of­fers mag­nif­i­cent views of the Scot­tish coun­try­side for miles around.

The most fa­mous ex­hibit in­side the mon­u­ment is the ‘Wal­lace Sword’, in the ‘Hall of He­roes’. The sword is 1.67 me­tres (five feet six inches) long and is re­puted to have be­longed to Wal­lace him­self, although this is dis­puted.

Vis­i­tors can also visit the ‘Hall of Arms’, which tells the story of Wal­lace’s life and the Bat­tle of Stir­ling Bridge with a film, il­lu­mi­nated map and dis­plays of weaponry and ar­mour.

The con­struc­tion of the Na­tional Wal­lace Mon­u­ment was par­tially funded by for­eign donors, in­clud­ing the Ital­ian gen­eral Giuseppe Garibaldi

Sir Wil­liam Wal­lace co-led theScots with An­drew Mo­ray against a nu­mer­i­cally su­pe­rior English army at the Bat­tle of Stir­ling Bridge

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