Glasgow Necropolis, Glasgow

Glasgow Necropolis, Glasgow (must see)

The Necropolis, located on a hill east of Glasgow, is known as "the city of the dead" and it is the cemetery for the Scottish city. It was conceived as a Père Lachaise for Glasgow and subsequently established by the Merchants' House of Glasgow in 1831. To get there, take the Bridge of Sighs, which is next to the Cathedral. The memorial to John Knox built in the 19th century dominates the pretty hill. In total, it is estimated that 50,000 people have been buried there, but only 3,500 tombs have been built.

Many tombstones have a sculpture of the face, chest or the whole body of the dead person, and the largest mausoleum has four people inside. There are also memorials to the Scots who went to fight with other troops – for example, with the English troops in Korea. Several famous architects and sculptors of the 17th and 18h centuries built the graves of the famous people of the time. It is one of the few cemeteries that has detailed information about its dead, with their age, occupation and cause of death. Glasgow native Billy Connolly has said: "Glasgow's a bit like Nashville, Tennessee: it doesn't care much for the living, but it really looks after the dead".

Why You Should Visit:
This place is not only interesting and historic to explore but absolutely beautiful, from the ornate mausoleums to the beautiful panoramic views of the city.
You can go round yourself; however, the stories and facts that the tour guides give are fascinating and bring the place to life in an engaging manner.

Tip:
Try to go on a clear sunny day, bring along some water and wear very comfortable hiking or walking shoes as some of the surfaces are uneven.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am-dusk
Free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Glasgow Necropolis
Sight Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Landmarks Of Glasgow Self-Guided Tour Part 2  

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