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St Mungo’s, Strathclyde, Scotland – Historic Religious Architecture

6 Nov 2013

St Mungo’s Glasgow – Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral Stone Work

It is the finest building to have survived the medieval period in Scotland.

The work to conserve the cathedral is an intricate, long term project and there is a stone masons’ yard where stones are carved to marry in with the existing stone work but also carving of new gargoyles, window tracery and pinnacles.

Glasgow Cathedral Glasgow Cathedral Stonework Glasgow Cathedral Stone Work
photographs from Historic Scotland

Ian Lambie, District Architect said: “Glasgow Cathedral is a unique and glorious structure – our craftsmen, working on conserving the building are matching the style of medieval masonry as accurately as possible. In doing so, they need to deliberate on how medieval masons would have dealt with movement and shifting in the building and plan for complex shoring to allow for the replacement of massive, original masonry.”

The project to restore the cathedral began in 2000 and is ongoing. The conservation works on the East end of the building were completed around three years ago and work is continuing on the main façade and west front.

Glasgow Cathedral was built in the twelfth century and was the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to survive the 1560 Reformation, virtually complete. It is thought to be located where the patron saint of Glasgow, Saint Mungo, built his first church. The tomb of the saint is in the lower crypt.

Photos from 10 Feb 2011

St Mungo's Glasgow Glasgow Cathedral St Mungo's Cathedral St Mungo's
photographs © Adrian Welch

Address: St Mungo’s, 2 Castle St, Glasgow, G4 0RH

Pre-reformation building named after Glasgow’s 6th century patron saint, Kentigern – popularly called Mungo – to the north-east of Glasgow city centre.

Glasgow Cathedral Precinct, Townhead
various, 1200

St Mungo’s refurbishment
1987
Page & Park Architects with Ian White landscape architect

Contact Glasgow Cathedral: 0141 552 8198

St Mungo's Glasgow Cathedral
photograph © Adrian Welch

The first stone building was consecrated in about 1136, but after destruction, this cathedral was succeeded by a larger one consecrated in 1197.

Most of the Glasgow Cathedral’s Nave dates from after 1330; the West Window dates from the late 14th century.

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