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Glasgow Travel Guide - Things to See
This is the commercial capital of Scotland and Britain's 3rd largest city. Glasgow is very ancient, originally being a medieval ecclesiastical center and seat of learning. That ancient city is buried beneath 19th century Glasgow. It was, however, founded by St. Kentigern 1400 years ago for his church. The smoking, industrial city is certainly blighted today, but it does contain some interesting sightseeing attractions. Located on the Clyde River.

George Square is the center of the city. The square is dominated by the City Chambers. There are numerous statues around, the most imposing being that of Sir Walter Scott, Victoria and Albert, and Robert Burns. Also on the square is the Banqueting Hall... lavishly decorated, and open to the public.

Cathedral of St. Kentigern was built in 1136. It's Laigh Kirk, the vaulted crypt, is said to be the finest in Europe. This church is one of Scotland's few complete medieval cathedrals, dating from the 12th century. For the best view of the cathedral, cross the Bridge of Sighs to the graveyard which contains almost every type of architecture in the world.

Art Gallery and Museum at Kelvingrove Park is the finest in Britain outside London. A superb collection of old masters, including Rembrandt, Rubens, Giorgione, plus all the French famous from the 19th century.

Burrell Collection is an outstanding collection of paintings presented to the country by Sir William Burrell. A new gallery has been built for the collection in Pollok Park. In addition to numerous Impressionists, a highlight is 2 dozen drawings and paintings by Degas. This collection is one reason to visit Glasgow.

Provands Lordship ... at 3 Castle Street, is the oldest house in Glasgow, dating from 1471. Mary, Queen of Scots is said to have written the "Casket letters" here.

Pollok House ... in Pollok Park was built around 1750. It houses the Stirling Maxwell Collection of Spanish and European paintings.

People's Palace, on Glasgow Green, provides a record of the rise of Glasgow. Exhibitions trace the history of the city, including personal relics of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Bellahouston Park ... 171 acres of beauty with a sunken wall and rock gardens.

Botanic Gardens ... 40 acres... an extensive collection of tropical and herb.
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