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McCaig’s Tower

Beim McCaig‘s Tower handelt sich um einen oberhalb der Stadt gelegenen Nachbau des Kolosseums in Rom.
John Stuart McCaig ließ das Monument im Jahr 1897 errichten, um die Einheimischen während der Wintermonate zu beschäftigen und sich selbst und seiner Familie ein Denkmal zu setzen.
Das Vorhaben wurde nie abgeschlossen, da alle Mitglieder der Familie McCaig bis zum Jahr 1904 verarmten bzw. verstarben.
John Stuart McCaig, der Initiator des Ganzen, verstarb am 29. Juni 1902 im Alter von 78 Jahren an Angina Pectoris.


McCaig’s Tower is a prominent tower on Battery Hill overlooking the town of Oban in Argyll, Scotland. It is built of Bonawe granite taken from the quarries across Airds Bay, on Loch Etive, from Muckairn, with a circumference of about 200 metres with two-tiers of 94 lancet arches (44 on the bottom and 50 on top).
McCaig’s intention was to provide a lasting monument to his family, and provide work for the local stonemasons during the winter months. McCaig was an admirer of Roman and Greek architecture, and had planned for an elaborate structure, based on the Colosseum in Rome. His plans allowed for a museum and art gallery with a central tower to be incorporated. Inside the central tower he planned to commission statues of himself, his siblings and their parents. His death brought an end to construction with only the outer walls completed.


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