Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Glasgow Cathedral, one of the city’s top visitor attractions which is situated in the old, medieval section close to the Necropolis and Provand’s Lordship.

There has probably been a Christian place of worship on the site for about 1500 years. Initially, worship may have been under the auspices of the Celtic Church followed by Roman Catholic, Episcopalian and now Presbyterian.

The current building was built for Roman Catholic worship in the 13th century. Lightening damage necessitated reconstruction work in the early 15th century and the Blackadder Aisle was added in the early 16th century.

The Cathedral site is closely associated with the early Christian (late 6th century) missionary, St Kentigern, also known as St Mungo, who is the patron saint of Glasgow.

The plan of the Cathedral comprises an elongated rectangle divided into two halves by non-projecting transepts with a central tower at junction of the parts.Key aspects include:

  • Blackadder Aisle
  • Chapter House
  • Treasury
  • Central Tower
  • Nave
  • West Front
  • Crypt
  • Lower Chapter House
  • Choir
  • Presbytery
  • Stained glass.

Official guides are usually on hand to escort visitors and explain the long history and complex features of the building.

Munich stained glass at Glasgow Cathedral

Creation Window, Glasgow Cathedral

Blackadder Aisle, Glasgow Cathedral

Archbishop Law’s Tomb, Glasgow Cathedral

The Nave, Glasgow Cathedral

Communion Table, Glasgow Cathedral

The Choir, Glasgow Cathedral

St Mungo’s Tomb, Glasgow Cathedral

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