Glasgow Cathedral, Architect, Building, History, Scottish Church, Dates, Location
Glasgow Cathedral : Building
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.
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
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.
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St Mungo’s refurbishment
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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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