Glasgow, Scotland: Cultural and Architectural Sites

The architecture of this European metropolis is spectacular, and is reflected in its religious and cultural institutions as well as its shopping thoroughfares. For example, the charming cobblestone streets of Ashton Lane are the perfect setting for friendly cafes, pubs and shops. Glasgow is known as a hub of culture in Europe, and the city’s museums are celebrated. From the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art, to the Burrell Collection and the Glasgow School of Art, centuries and countless artistic styles are spanned. In this video, explores some of the cultural and architectural institutions found in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Architectural Styles

Merging old styles with new, Glasgow’s architecture is stunning. Historically significant buildings are found near religious institutions, and shopping, restaurants and pubs are at no shortage either. Ashton Lane is one vital section of the city for shops and pubs, its cobblestone streets a charming addition to the atmosphere. The city’s Buchanan Street is an important part of the shopping district, and is home to Princes Square shopping center.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Considered a major cultural and artistic center in Europe, Glasgow is also known for its galleries and museums. For example, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the United Kingdom’s most-visited museum outside of London. This Spanish Baroque building houses art that spans styles, countries and centuries.

The Burrell Collection

Found in Pollok Country Park, the Burrell Collection is another example of the city’s artistic treasures. Among the pieces that make up the collection are stained glass panels, as well as objects from Egypt and China.

Glasgow School of Art and Charles Rennie Mackintosh

The Glasgow School of Art is both a striking example of fine architecture and one of the finest art and architecture schools in Britain. Visitors can book a guided tour of the building, or even register for evening or summer art classes. The building was designed by famed Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose other works include the extravagant Willow Tearooms. His former home, the Mackintosh House, is another attraction in the city, and while the building was not designed by the architect, its interior has been decorated to his specifications.

Gallery of Modern Art

The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is found in downtown Glasgow, and boasts both international and Scottish art. The neoclassical building lines one side of Royal Exchange Square, which is a popular landmark in the city center. At night, this area is decorated with festive overhead lighting year round, making for a romantic experience.

Glasgow Cathedral

The Glasgow Cathedral, also referred to as the High Kirk of Glasgow, is a fine example of Gothic architecture. Built prior to the Reformation, this building is the oldest in the city. It features a collection of stained glass windows that are considered some of the finest in Europe.

Known for its hospitality, culture and natural beauty, Glasgow is keeping its legacy as a fine tourist destination alive.

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