It’s no secret that Europe is full of historic churches and cathedrals. Since moving to Europe in the fall, I’ve explored my fair share of cathedrals. However the Glasgow Cathedral is the one that had me stunned. It’s the one that had me going “wow!!” What can I say … I’m stunned by old, gothic arcitecture.
The history of the cathedral
The cathedral was first stone built in the year 1136 while King David I was in power. The current structure that is standing today was constructed in the year 1197. It’s so cool to explore buildings that existed so long ago! It’s truly amazing.
The cathedral played an important role in the Battles of Glasgow in 1544 and 1560. The University of Glasgow originally held classes in the precinct of the cathedral. Now the University is located on literally the exact opposite side of town.
From the outside
From the outside, I was honestly not expecting much. It is made of old stone, but so is the rest of Scotland, basically.
Inside the Glasgow Cathedral
I went to Glasgow in the harsh, cold weather in late December. Now I’m accustomed to the cold being from the Midwest of the United States. It’s really not so bad as long as you wear the right clothing. When traveling in the cold, I find myself looking for indoor spaces to explore such as museums. The Glasgow Cathedral is not heated but still a nice place to escape the cold from. It was after all built during a time without indoor heating.
Upon entering, there’s a nice little gift shop. I bought myself a magnet there. I love collecting magnets from the places that I travel to. Then you walk through the upper area of the cathedral.
Where they have mass
Everything inside this cathedral was just beautiful. I loved the stained glass and the altar. You just feel like you’re in a fairy tale walking around.
Because of when it was built, this church is the only Medieval church in Scotland, according to Wikipedia. Today it does not technically have a Catholic congregation, but it is still considered a cathedral because of it’s Catholic roots.
Why I love it
I could have easily spent hours wandering through the cathedral. As someone who grew up Catholic, I’ve seen my fair share of altars and stained glass windows. I’ve been in other cathedrals where if I’m being honest, I’ve felt rather meh. But the minute I walked in the Glasgow Cathedral, I was amazed.
I think it has something to do with being a part of history … and imagining myself in Harry Potter.
Do you like visiting cathedrals when you travel? What are some of your favorite ones?