University of Glasgow, Glasgow

University of Glasgow, Glasgow (must see)

The United Kingdom boasts many fine, ancient universities that are renowned throughout the world and one of the most important among them is the University of Glasgow – the 4th oldest in the English-speaking countries.

It was founded by the Papal Bull under the papacy of Pope Nicholas V in 1451 and King James II gave Bishop William Turnbill the permission to add it to the city’s cathedral. During the Reformation, the Mace and the Bull were taken to France, and while the Mace was later returned, the Bull was either lost or stolen.

In 1870 the University’s main campus was built on Gilmorehill by Sir George Scott. It was constructed in the Gothic style in a twin-quadrangle layout with an open undercroft. The spire was added to the bell tower in 1887. The University’s other departments are spread out in various buildings around the city and around the country.

During the 18th century the University was the main center of the Scottish Enlightenment movement and in the 19th century it finally opened its doors to students other than the rich upper classes. Merchants’ children went there to learn law, medicine, teaching, engineering, science and the Scriptures.

On the campus you will find the excellent Hunterian Museum & Gallery as well as the Mackintosh House.

Why You Should Visit:
Boasting some of Glasgow's oldest and most beautiful, magical architecture, this University definitely deserves a spot on all tourists lists.
Its campus houses several of the city's museums, including the excellent Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, and the Zoology Museum.
The University is also close to a number of great restaurants and bars, as well as the charming Ashton Lane.

Go to the south side of the main building for breathtaking views across the city and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.
Also, you should make sure to visit the University Chapel, preferably on Tuesdays at 6pm when the choir is singing.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Sight Name: University of Glasgow
Sight Location: Glasgow, Scotland (See walking tours in Glasgow)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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