Estatua David Hume
Estatua David Hume
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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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Epic-Traveller
Rushden, UK4,523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
A large set of shiny bronze toes protrude from the statue of the philosopher David Hume, on the corner of the Royal Mile and the mound.

As I walked up to it I pretended to tickle his toes saying "tickle, tickle" and a security guard in a door-way of the building behind spat his drink out laughing.

Funniest thing to happen today.
Written 23 July 2020
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Malgorzata
12,086 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
This statue is situated on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, outside the High Court on Lawnmarket. The statue of philosopher David Hume was completed in 1995 by sculptor Sandy Stoddart. A popular Edinburgh landmark, it shows Hume as an ancient Greek philosopher . If you linger a moment as you pass him you may notice passers-by rubbing the statue's foot. Touching toe of this 18th-century Scottish philosopher’s is supposed to get good fortune and something of Hume's own wisdom and insight. This statue catch an eye when you are on the Royal Mile.
Written 27 January 2020
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Anu
United Kingdom909 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
A large shiny bronze toe protrudes from the statue of the philosopher David Hume, on the corner of the Royal Mile and the mound. Belief of superstition tradition. Though he would be sorely tempted to give a kick in the head for the rub of toe, there's nothing that David Hume, one of the world's greatest rationalist philosophers, can do about it.
Written 28 February 2020
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Victoria B
Raleigh, NC1,661 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Beautiful statue, beautiful backdrop. People rub the toe of the statue for good luck. If you follow his eyes to the opposite corner, there's a brass H on the pavement marking the site of the last public execution in Edinburgh in 1864.
Written 25 April 2023
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Bibcay
Gateshead, UK4,308 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
You can see it has gone a weird colour on his foot as people tickle it and it apparently gives them good luck. I'd rather stick with rubbing greyfriars Bobby nose.
Written 11 September 2022
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Pittsburgh, PA1,22,758 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Edinburgh has statues everywhere. The David Hume is on the Royal Mile and cannot be missed if walking by.
Written 9 October 2018
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ptrav9
630 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
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 philosophy students and now by tourists, probably something the Empiricist would not have approved of. Not sure whether he would approve of the classical clothes either. Suggest you read up on Hume before.
Written 4 August 2015
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,845 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I have never heard of this gent but apparently a very famous Scottish philosopher. Not over impressed with the statue but in a great spot on the mile.
Written 27 January 2020
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Andrew
St. Albans, UK7,137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Situate on the royal mile on the opposite side of the road to St Giles Cathedral is this statue of David Hume. He was a Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian and economist, He attended the University of Edinburgh at the age of 12 (possibly as young as 10) at a time when 14 was normal.
Written 9 November 2019
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Bibcay
Gateshead, UK4,308 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
This isn’t the best statue in the royal mile and in Edinburgh. It is not that interesting and the statue is bronze and is ok.
Written 29 April 2019
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