Inside Govan Old Church, Glasgow
Inside Govan Old Church, Glasgow, Scotland
This evening, I am focusing on Govan Old Church near Glasgow, Scotland. Superficially, this is a nondescript Victorian era church built for the local shipbuilding community but, after peeling back a few layers a rich history becomes evident, viz:
  • The current building ( correctly known as the Parish Church of Saint Constantine in Govan) is probably the fourth such Christian place of worship on the site.
  • The actual site, close the banks of the River Clyde, may well date back about 1500 years, and possibly longer.
  • Back in the 8th-11th centuries, the Govan site may have been the heart of a regional power centre  which later faded in importance when Glasgow Cathedral was built  in the 12th century.
  • The interior has become a de facto museum, being home to a large collection of elaborately carved stones dating from around the 8th-11th centuries AD which were found in the churchyard. The carvings and designs on the stones witness a merging of cultures which occurred at that time. For more information see this  separate blog post.
  • Here is information on Govan.In its Victorian heyday Govan was a world class centre of shipbuilding. The Old Church was built to accommodate the mushrooming local population engaged in the shipbuilding and other local industries.
  • As will be evident from this video and the images above, the church incorporates a collection of high quality stained glass windows.
  • The sarcophagus shown in the final image below ranks as the earliest piece of artwork in the Glasgow region.
Govan Old Church, Glasgow

Govan Old Church, Glasgow, Scotland

 
Govan Old Church, Glasgow

Govan Old Church, Glasgow, Scotland

 
Sarcophagus, Govan Old Church
Sarcophagus, Govan Old Church, Glasgow
This is a fascinating site and one which does not formally feature on the regular tourist trail.
 
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