Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Glasgow Cathedral which today is a popular visitor attraction. In its medieval heyday (as a Roman Catholic church) this building sat at the heart of a powerful religious centre covering a large tract of S.W. Scotland.Today, the building is used for Presbyterian worship and hence the term ‘cathedral’ is not appropriate but the old name lingers on.

Although constructed on a site of long Christian tradition, possibly dating back to the 6th century, the current building was started in the 13th century and finished in the early 15th century. Substantial restoration was undertaken in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Some key facts:

  • An example of some advanced medieval engineering as the site is an awkward one and the masons constricted two churches, one above the other.
  • This was the only Scottish medieval cathedral to survive the Reformation. This was achieved by dividing the interior into three smaller churches.
  • In the early 19th century, the Lower Church was used as a burial ground. Grave Markers can still be viewed there.
  • The Nave has a 14th C timber ceiling and is divided from the Quire by a Quire Screen which, unusually, survived the Reformation without damage.
  • In the Lower Church can be found the tomb of St. Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint.
  • The Bishop of Glasgow was the driver behind the establishment of Glasgow University in 1451.

St Kentigern’s Tomb, Glasgow Cathedral, Scotand

Ceiling, Choir Section, Glasgow Cathedral

The Nave, Glasgow Cathedral

The Nave, Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Blackadder Aisle, Glasgow Cathedral

Blackadder Aisle, Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Stained Glass, Glasgow Cathedral

Stained Glass, Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

An interesting site which I invariably include in my tours of Glasgow. Close by is the Necropolis (City of the Dead) which is also worthy of a visit.

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