Experience what Glasgow holds dear. Religious sights connect you with the sacred side of local culture.
Glasgow Cathedral is the oldest building in Glasgow and dates from the end of the 13th century. It also contains features from earlier cathedrals of the 12th century. The former Roman Catholic cathedral (now part of the Church of Scotland) is is the only complete medieval cathedral in Scotland still intact. A modern feature of this magnificent building is the fine stained glass windows which were mainly installed in the 1960s. Since then, it has been regarded as one of the finest collections of modern stained glass in Europe. The focal point for many visitors to Glasgow cathedral is the Tomb of St. Mungo (the city's patron saint), located in the Gothic crypt in the lower church.
With its geometric golden dome, which hums with a low light in the evenings, this must have been a bit of an oddity to the residents of the Gorbals when it first appeared in 1984. Its tall and graceful concrete minaret stands above a low arcade that joins two buildings together and can be seen for miles. One of these buildings is a place of worship and the other is the Islamic Centre, which operates as a sociocultural centre as well as providing religious education, support and advice.There ares several mosques dotted around the city but none as splendid as this which is perhaps why the boxer Mike Tyson came to worship here when he last visited Scotland.
Garnethill Synagogue was the first purpose-built synagogue in Scotland. It opened in 1879 and was designed by local architect John McLeod. The architectural style is ornate Byzantine with Moorish effects and the tympanum features an attractive round window with star tracery. The ladies' gallery also has fine touches. Below the body of the synagogue are committee rooms and the fascinating Scottish Jewish Archives Centre.
Glasgow Cathedral, Cathedral Sq., Castle St
27 Dundonald Road
870 Garscube Road
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138-140 Butterbiggins Road
127 Hill Street