Sarcophagus at Govan Old Church

Sarcophagus at Govan Old Church, Scotland

This evening, my focus is on the stunning collection of early medieval carved stones at Govan Old Church, Glasgow. To my mind this collection ranks as one of Scotland’s top historic treasures but they are located in a semi-redundant church in the Govan industrial area. Access is possible but something of an initiative test.

The Govan Old Church is located on a very early and important Christian site, possibly dating back 1500 years. In fact the current church is probably the fourth on the site.

The collection of sculptured stones were carved during the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries, each from locally quarried sandstone. They point to the importance of the Govan site and reflect a merging of cultures: Pictish, Irish, Cumbrian and Scandinavian. 

The restored sarcophagus shown immediately above and below is Glasgow’s first designed and crafted work of art.

Sarcophagus at Govan Old Church

Sarcophagus at Govan Old Church, Scotland

The two hogbacks below date from the Viking era and together with others represent the largest group of such stones in Scotland. These huge tombstones suggest racially mixed marriages and great secular power.

Overall there are over 30 historic carves stones to view and admire.  The church in which they are housed is also of great architectural merit.

Hogback Gravemarker

Hogback Gravemarker at Govan Old Church

Hogback Gravemarker at Govan Old Church

Hogback Gravemarker at Govan Old Church, Scotland

Medieval Carved Stone at Govan

Medieval Carved Stone at Govan Old Church

Detail of Carved Stone at Govan Old Church

Detail of Carved Stone at Govan Old Church, Scotland

Elsewhere today,  have been catching up on with extensive correspondence concerning group tours for later in the year.

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