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 Glasgow Necropolis and Provand’s Lordship.

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and is situated in the west of the country, on banks of the River Clyde.

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 (Church of Scotland).

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

Video clip of Cathedral interior.

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.
  • Unusual Yiddish/Hebrew inscription from 18th century.

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

Tour group in Nave of Glasgow Cathedral

Blackadder Aisle, Glasgow Cathedral.

Communion Table at Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland.

Tour group visiting Choir.

19th century, Munich Stained Glass

St Kentigern’s shrine in Lower Church

Part translation of Hebrew/Yiddish script reads: “To Us. Spirits of the sky, people of peace and life, will bring from the universe. That (?) everything will be returned to life, that (?) his love will be (?) safe in their hands.”

Hebrew script in Lower Church.

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