In 543 AD, Glasgow's patron saint St Mungo founded this cathedral on the site of a Christian burial ground. It is ... More
In 543 AD, Glasgow's patron saint St Mungo founded this cathedral on the site of a Christian burial ground. It is Scotland's oldest medieval church and now houses the Church of Scotland. The first stone church on this site was established in 1136 by Bishop Achaius and King David I, but was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1197. The present building is in the Gothic "First Pointed" style and dates from the 13th century. Bishop William de Bondington (1233-1258) supervised the initial work but the cathedral was not completed until 200 years later. Approximately 550 years ago, Glasgow University was founded in the sacristy of the upper church, which also houses the nave and choir. Call ahead for open hours as they are seasonal.
The church is so formal. It is lovely and you must learn the tale of St. Mungo. It forms the motto and artistic rendering of Glasgow's heritage: the tree, fish, ring and bell. But go downstairs to the chapel, Don't miss it!
I guess you might have to be a Scottish history buff to REALLY enjoy this. The first visit to Glasgow I did not get a change to walk up to the Necropolis, but the second visit I had set aside a whole afternoon to walk and enjoy the history of the graves and memorials.
This place is in my top 5 places I have ever visited...but then again...I truly enjoy the history aspect.
I am sooooooooo pleased they are leaving the outside the dark color and not planning to "clean it up"
THE GLASGOW CATHEDRAL WAS VERY EXQUISITE I MUST SAY. IT'S SORTA LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A MOVIE AND YOU WOULD SAY "MAN I WOULD LOVE TO VISIT THAT PLACE." ONLY THING THAT DIDN'T SIT WELL WITH ME WAS THE GRAVEYARD THAT SURROUNDS....IT'S HUGE AND U HAVE TO WALK THRU IT!!! BUT ALL IN ALL IT'S VERY ENJOYABLE N U GET PLENTY OF EXERCISE FROM THE HIKE U HAVE TO ADJOURN ON LUCKILY ENOUGH I WASN'T WEARING HEELS:-)!!! VERY VERY VERY EXCELLENT ATTRACTION......DEF A MUST SEE IF U EVER VISIT GLASGOW:)
Visit it while you are in town, I specially love the graveyard and its atmosphere..and I like going there when the cathedral is closed, it is alot quieter up there then. Also don't miss the Necropolis but wear decent shoes because you will have to do alot of walking, specially uphill..great views from the top of the Necropolis!
This place was one of the most amazing places Ive ever been too. The church is like something right out of a movie and it is free, even for the tour. You can either go at it on your own or do the tour. The grave yard that surrounds it is huge and also something you have to walk through. It is quite a hike if you want to go to the top so wear comfy shoes.
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