Glasgow Cathedral, Gothic masterpiece

Glasgow Cathedral, Gothic masterpiece

This cathedral is the only church of Scotland that survived the Protestant Reformation of 1560. Its architecture, exceptional stained-glass windows and neighbouring cemetery all are worth a look.

Construction work began in the 12th century and ended in the 15th. This gothic building is not only one of the most famous of all Scotland, but also the last of its kind, all the others having been destroyed during the Protestant reformation in the 16th century. Legend has it that Saint Mungo, Glasgow's patron saint, is buried underneath. Incidentally, you can visit the crypt where lies the tomb of this Medieval hero, whose coat of arms is made of four emblems telling his miracles: a robin that Mungo is said to have revived; a tree which branches were used to keep a fire alive; a bell brought back from Rome used to mourn the deceased; and a fish with a ring in its mouth, a reference to the legend of Queen Languoreth of Strathclyde.

In the building, architecture enthusiasts will enjoy the beautiful archways and vaulted alleyways. You may be stunned by the Millennium Window, the most recent stained-glass window of the cathedral. Revealed in 1999 to celebrate the past Millennium, it is a symbol of progress that stages scenes from the Bible. When you get out, do not forget to talk a walk among the tombstones in the little Victorian cemetery, final resting place for many of the city's public figures.

Glasgow Cathedral
Castle Street
Glasgow G4 0QZ

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