Anyone contemplating a tour of Glasgow City is bound to be interested in its architecture. There are fewer building more captivating than the University of Glasgow, situated in the the West End of the city. Apart from the Palace of Westminster in London, there is no finer example of Gothic revival architecture in the United Kingdom.
With its stunning vaulted undercroft and captivating twin quadrangles, it really is a beautiful sight. The original University was originally situated by Glasgow Cathedral (one of the main feature sites of the Glasgow Must Sees Tour), but this ‘new’ version was established in 1870 - more than 400 years after it originally founded, parts of it being moved to stone by stone to the new location.
It’s absolutely full of curious and interesting sculpture; just the west face of the main building is home to over one hundred carvings, some of which dramatically feature snakes, knights, dragons and lion-like monsters. It could be the inspiration for
the designers of Game of Thrones! Speaking of magical tales, it was rumoured that the University of Glasgow’s main building was the inspiration for the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - of Harry Potter Fame.
Another of its most striking and visible features is its bell tower - noticeable for miles around and often used as a landmark for local glaswegians. No wonder they are proud of Glasgow’s prestigious place of learning - the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest University in the English speaking world.
However, should you ever want to write a fantastic pub quiz question, you could do no better than “which NSA whistleblower currently resides in Russia and is the Rector of the University of Glasgow?”. That’s right, a Mr Edward Snowden.