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(December 17-21, 2004)

Dean Weaver

Haven to Heaven

Bill Ward

Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow, Scotland, UK

December 21st, 2004

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The word Sanctury has obvious religious connotations. Glasgow Cathedral is built on the site of the 6th-century cell of Saint Kentigern (or Saint Mungo as he is more often called in Glasgow.)

About the site:

In the 5th century Saint Ninian came to this place and dedicated this area as a Christian burial ground. The following century Saint Mungo founded a monastic order and built a church after having been chosen to be the bishop. Saint Columba reputedly came to visit him here. The date of Saint Mungo's death is given as 13th January, 603, and his tomb is here in the Lower Church of the Cathedral. The crypt has supposedly few rivals in Britain either in scale or beauty.

About the building:

There is little known about the actual church buildings which stood on the site of the present Cathedral until the early part of the 12th century. The first stone building was consecrated in about 1136 in the presence of King David I and his Court.This panorama is of the Quire, added in the 13th century, along with the Lower Church. The seating is arranged with the pews facing east in the manner of Reformed worship. These pews, together with the carved stalls in the north and south aisles, were originally installed between 1851-1856.

Glasgow Cathedral was the only cathedral on the Scottish mainland to escape the destruction of the Reformation in the 16th century after the craftsmen of the Trades House persuaded the Reformers to spare it. The Archbishop had already fled to France with the cathedral's relics and jewels (where they remain). It was split up internally to be used by three different congregations, but was restored in the 19th century.
Some more panoramas of Glasgow Cathedral

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