- Information from Wikipedia and official Wallace Monument website.
The National Wallace Monument commemorates Sir William Wallace, the 13th century Scottish hero.
It stands on the Abbey Craig, a volcanic crag above Cambuskenneth Abbey, from which Wallace was said to have watched the gathering of the army of English king Edward I, just before the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
The monument is open to the general public. Visitors climb the 246 step spiral staircase to the viewing gallery inside the monument's crown, which provides expansive views of the Ochil Hills and the Forth Valley.A number of artefacts believed to belong to Wallace are on display inside the monument, including the Wallace Sword, and a 1.68-metre (5 ft, 6 in) long claymore.
The tower was constructed following a fundraising campaign which accompanied a resurgence of Scottish national identity in the 19th century.
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