Penny Farthing Bicycle at the Riverside Museum

This morning, we departed our lodgings at Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond and drove into central Glasgow, about 45 mins away.

First stop was Glasgow’s 13th century Cathedral which was originally Catholic but now Presbyterian. Here, we were escorted by an excellent lady guide entailing a detailed of the building which lasted about 45 minutes.

Information on Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral

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.

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.

Communion Table

East to West view of Cathedral interior

Next, we moved a little closer to the city centre and then walked the final quarter of a mile to the shops where guests purchased some specialised clan themed products.

George Square, Glasgow

After returning to the car we drove to the West End and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum where we availed of some lunch and visited various  galleries which covered a wide range of topics.

Information on Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

The building was designed by J.W. Simpson and E.J. Milner Allen  and opened in 1901 as the centrepiece of the International Exhibition in Kelvingrove Park. Design style is Spanish Baroque and the building is constructed of red sandstone.

Kelvingrove is now one of the most popular and respected Gallery/Museums in Europe and attracts over one million visitors each year. Entrance is free.

There is a vast array of objects on display, extending to some 8,000 in total including acclaimed art work (Rembrandt, Titian and the Impressionists), weaponry and armour, Dali’s iconic Christ of St John of the Cross, items from ancient Egypt, Charles Rennie Mackintosh display and much more.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.

Painting-Robert the Bruce.

Scottish pistols and powder-horns.

Floating Heads

Next, to Govan Old Church and the famous Govan Carved Stones.

Information on the Govan Carved Stones

Despite historic importance, the collection remains at the location at which they were found, albeit now inside Govan Old Church which is now a quasi-museum. The stones were originally found in the church burial ground.

The Govan Old Church is located on a very early and important Christian site close to the River Clyde, possibly dating back 1500 years. In fact the current church is probably the fourth on the site.

The collection of sculptured stones were carved during the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries, each from locally quarried sandstone. They point to the importance of the Govan site and reflect a merging of cultures: Pictish, Irish, Cumbrian and Scandinavian.

The restored sarcophagus shown immediately below is Glasgow’s first designed and crafted work of art. This was crafted from a single block of sandstone and probably dates from between the second half of the 9th century and mid-10th century. The quality is such that it was probably meant to be displayed.The early church in Govan was dedicated to St Constantine and there is speculation as to which historical Constantine this referred.One line of thought is that the Govan church was founded by the Scottish king Constantine who reigned from 862-878 or his son Donald who reigned from 889-900. The sarcophagus may have held the body of the former but the interior is very narrow and may have been used to hold relics.

Sarcophagus

Sarcophagus.

Jordanhill Cross

The hogbacks, an example of which is provided below, date from the Viking era, 10th century, and together with others represent the largest group of such stones in Scotland. These huge tombstones suggest racially mixed marriages and great secular power.The fashion for this type of tombstone appears to have originated in Anglo-Scandinavian Yorkshire, England and then spread north-west.

Hogback

Next, across the River Clyde to the Riverside Museum which is focused on transport through the ages.

Inside Riverside Museum

Inside Riverside Museum

River Clyde looking east from Riverside Museum

Finally, we drove to Glasgow Airport where guests checked in at their hotel in readiness for return flight tomorrow.

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