The eighteenth century was a dynamic era, informed by new, ‘enlightened’ ideas about mankind and its place in the world. It ended however in violence, with revolutions in America and France. European art in this period was strikingly diverse. As the century progressed the playful and decorative ‘Rococo’ style was replaced by Neo-classicism, a simpler and more severe approach to art inspired by classical culture.
This revival of the spirit of the ancient past was fostered by the Grand Tour, whereby wealthy young men travelled to Italy to complete their education, often commissioning portraits and other works of art. At the turn of the century, following the French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon adopted the neo-classical style for propaganda purposes.
Our partial Changing Places toilet has all of the facilities of a full Changing Places toilet, and though the floor area meets the overall size requirement (13.54m2 minimum), it is just a little too narrow to be classed as a full Changing Places toilet.
There are a limited number of small lockers available, but there is no space to store large items of luggage.
There is limited on street parking close by including for those with a blue badge.
The National can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.
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