Yesterday, we wandered down to explore some of the old portions of Glasgow. Since the St. Mungo gallery was closed we ventured into the Glasgow Cathedral instead.
The church was first consecrated in 1197 under David I. Of course, the church saw various structural expansions for a growing diocese. It is the only church in Scotland to have survived the Scottish Reformation without irreperable structural damage. The only obvious damage done was the burning of the altars around the pillars in the center of the cathedral. The scars of the fires are still there.
The stained glass windows in the building are all post-WW2, beautiful, and stunningly detailed.
In the crypt is the grave of St. Mungo; Glasgow's patron saint.
Aaron noticed as we were walking down to the crypt that the stone floors were worn with the feel of the faithful. While the upstairs is somewhat touristy, especially in the main hall, the crypt is very quiet and reverent. Many friends and family members, who have loved ones in the nearby Royal Infirmary, can be found in the crypt in quiet prayer.
The Necropolis can be found directly behind the cathedral. Over 50,000 graves and 3,500 monuments are located on the 37 acre land. The tall statue in the center is a statue of John Knox, erected in 1825.
The views overlooking the city are spectacular. It's also fascinating to see the differences between the older and newer sections of Glasgow.
Visits to the Glasgow Cathedral the Necropolis are currently free. Hours for the Cathedral are Monday through Saturday 9:30am to 5:30pm; Sunday 1pm to 5pm. There are still services ongoing at the Cathedral too that are open to the public. A board in front of the church announces the weekly schedule for various events.
The closest train station is the High St. Station.