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Glasgow Necropolis Tour

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Glasgow Necropolis is considered one the most significant cemeteries in Europe. It is located conveniently close to Glasgow Cathedral and easily accessible. Commanding views of Glasgow are available from the summit.

The Necropolis has been described as a 'unique representation of Victorian Glasgow, built when Glasgow was second city of the (British) empire. It exudes the confidence, wealth and security of that era.

The site is populated by memorials to the merchant patriachs of the City and contains the remains of leading Glaswegians. The memorials are designed by such notable architects as Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, Bryce, Hamilton and Mackintosh.

The masonry work is of a very high standard.

This first image is actually of the Southern Necropolis near the Gorbals. Like its northern sibling it contains the memorials to the Great and the Good.It is strange place, partly vandalised but kept in a neat condition.

General view of the Necropolis
This is the Major Archibald Douglas Monteath Mausoleum which is based on the Knights Templar Church of the Holy Sepulchre,
Another general view with the Dunn of Duntocher Monument to the immediate right.

A view with the John Henry Alexander Monument in the centre left.This gentleman died as the result of an incident in a Glasgow theatre and the memorial reflects his thespian background and demise. The front section is an elaborate proscenium stage, with footlights, and the figures of tragedy and comedy complete with a laurel wreath all representing Alexander's final curtain call.

Both Northern and Southern Necropolis appeal to a wide range of interests including photography, history, architecture, masonry and social history. Allow about 1 hour for each visit.


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