Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom. It is situated on the River Clyde in the country's west central lowlands. Owing to its location, Glasgow is one of Scotland's areas with the mildest climate.
Glasgow has seen more changes in the past years than most other cities in the UK. From a declining industrial centre with a pessimistic attitude about its future, Glasgow has turned into a prosperous European city and a popular tourist destination.
The citizens of Glasgow have always been proud of their history. Over the years Glaswegians have made their mark on the political, educational, scientific, religious, commercial and cultural map at home and abroad. In the 19th-20th Glasgow was ranked as one of the finest and richest cities in Europe and as an ideal model of organized industrial society. It was no doubt the "Second City of the British Empire."
With ports on the river Clyde, Glasgow became one of the world's main centers of engineering, trade, shipbuilding and locomotive construction. The former wealth can still be seen in the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander 'Greek' Thomson.
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