House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, Scotland

This morning, we commenced our tour with a visit to House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park. This was designed by Famous Glasgow architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1901 but not completed until 1996. Principal rooms are: Main Room, Dining Room, Oval Room, Music Room and Margaret MacDonald Room. Close to the site is a walled flower garden.

Dining Room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, Scotland

Garden at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Next we visited the Burrell Collection. This is a diversified collection of 8000 art and other objects donated by collector, Sir William Burrell in 1944. Location is a purpose-built building in Pollok Country Park.

The Thinker by Rodin at Burrell Collection, Glasgow

15th century English Stained Glass at the Burrell Collection

Next, we drove to Glasgow’s 13th century Cathedral, This was originally Catholic but now a combined visitor attraction and Presbyterian Church. The Cathedral is renowned for having survived the 1560 Reformation virtually intact. We were provided with a tour of the extensive interior by a local guide.

Inside Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

After a light lunch we walked to the nearby Necropolis ( city of the dead). This dates from the 1830s when Glasgow’s existing church burial grounds were unable to cope with deaths from the burgeoning population in turn due to the Industrial Revolution.Here can be found very elaborate memorials to the rich and famous of the Victorian era. Dominating the site is a 70 ft tall monument to the Protestant reformer, John Knox which was constructed in 1825 and thus pre-dates the burial ground.

Wilson and Houldsorth Mausoleums at Glasgow Necropolis, Scotland

Tour concluded mid-afternoon when guests were returned to their hotel on the waterfront.

Clyde Arc Bridge, River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland

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