Unique Attractions In Glasgow

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Glasgow has for a long time struggled to compete with the nation’s capital within the tourism business however in the previous few decades the city of Glasgow has been revitalized by enormous inward investment a lot of it directed to the development of tourism.

In 1988 the Glasgow Garden Festival attracted much attention and the city, in 1990, was awarded the prestigious European City Of Culture award. Following this the financial revival has helped create certainly one of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities with a huge number of top notch visitor attractions. While these superb sights are actually worth visiting there are many other older tourist attractions which are often missed and one of these is the atmospheric Glasgow Necropolis.

The Glasgow Necropolis

Resembling Père Lachaise Cemetery, in Paris, Glasgow Necropolis is far more than a plain cemetery. This remarkable Victorian burial site features a number of the finest sculptures in Glasgow. Situated to the east of the city’s St. Mungo’s Cathedral the cemetery is fairly straightforward to find particularly as it’s situated on one of the few hills in the city.

Through the nineteenth century Glasgow was one of the most successful ports on the planet and like the city of Liverpool in neighbouring England huge amounts of money were invested into civic projects by those that had gained enormous wealth. In Glasgow a small number entrepreneurs, generally known as the “Tobacco Lords” held the vast majority of the wealth of the city.

In 1831 a contest was held to determine the finest design for the Necropolis which was to be like Père Lachaise and 16 designs were entered for consideration. The Tobacco Lords, ever keen to show their immense wealth, seemed to compete with their grave memorials with more and more  ornate sculptures and amazing artistic works. Many of the sculptures represent something referring to the lifetime of the person buried beneath. The most prominent monument is at the top of the hill, the large monument to John Knox. Looking round Glasgow Necropolis you will discover extremely good artistic creations for example a marble statue of a seated Charles Tennant and artistic creations in  the Art-nouveau model including a Celtic cross by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Other Glasgow Places Of Interest

Lots of the hidden attractions of the city are related to the famed artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Glasgow is the birthplace of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and is most renowned for his furnishings and distinctive buildings, lots of which are located in the city. Even though many of his plans have been for private dwellings there have been a few public buildings designed by him including his most masterpiece the Glasgow School of Art.

Although many folk would be in agreement that the Willow Tea Rooms include the most famous of his artistic creations a visit to just the Tea Rooms and the Glasgow School of Art is not enough to gain a complete comprehension of the incredible extent of his creative talent.

Other Charles Rennie Mackintosh associated tourist attractions worth a visit include the most important  “House for an Art Lover” in Glasgow’s south side, The Lighthouse, The Mackintosh Church at Queens Cross, Scotland Street School Museum, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Martyrs’ Public School and Hill House in Helensburgh.

I hope that you will soon be considering enjoying a vacation in this awesome city and you will be pleased to discover that there are a fair number superb Glasgow hotels and guest houses offering affordable rooms. Although hotels in Glasgow city centre are costly accommodation situated a bit further out can be much less costly.

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