Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St Andrew's, Glasgow

Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St Andrew's, Glasgow

You will find the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Clyde Street on the North bank of the River Clyde.

This rather simple church was built by James Graham on land once owned by Boyle and Scott who were traders with the United States and West Indies. At the time there was a strong anti-Roman Catholic feeling in Scotland and while work was underway, the progress was hampered by saboteurs who tore down walls at night. Eventually guards were hired to protect the building and it was finished in 1814.

The cathedral, which has neither steeple nor bell tower, was constructed in the Neo-Gothic style with an ornate entrance with large buttresses on each side and an enormous arched central window. Above the window is a statue of St Andrew.

By the turn of the 21st century the building was getting a bit ragged-looking and extensive renovations were carried out in 2009. This included the restoration of the gold-leaf decoration, the installation of new bronze doors and a modernizing of the lighting and heating systems. The distinguished Scottish artist Peter Howson donated his painting of “The Martyrdom of St John Ogilvie” to the cathedral.

When you have finished visiting the cathedral, why not sit for a short while in the Italianate-style Cloister Garden on the east side of the building.
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Sight Name: Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St Andrew's
Sight Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Sight Type: Religious
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