Glasgow Cathedral at Christmas

This evening, I am posting summary information on Glasgow's 13th century Cathedral.
  • Located on an ancient Christian site dating from around the 6th century.
  • Early buildings would have been timber and wattle with the first stone structure appearing in the 10th century succeeded by two more in the 12th century.
  • Construction of the current building spanned 13th-15th centuries.
  • This was the only Scottish cathedral to survive the ravages of the Reformation (1560) more or less intact. At this time Scotland switched from a Catholic to Protestant country.
  • At the Reformation the Cathedral was divided into three smaller churches at which time much of the rich decoration was lost as was the painted glass.
  • Inside the Cathedral the Nave has a fine, 14th century timber ceiling.Uniquely in Scotland, the Quire Screen has survived.
  • Below ground level is the Lower Church which holds the chapel and tomb of St Mungo, Glasgow's patron saint. 
  • Technically, the building is not a Cathedral at all as it now a place for Presbyterian worship being a denomination which does not have bishops in it's hierarchy. The correct name today is High Kirk of Glasgow.
 Nave looking east with Quire Screen


Sr Mungo Shrine
 Nave looking West




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