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Glasgow Cathedral Our suggestion on the way to observe the most important architectural landmarks of Glasgow is very simple – fly, read, watch. Thanks to our original 3D technology of flying over cities, you will be able to “visit” (see the video) and watch the most important architectural landmarks of the city - Glasgow University, Glasgow City Chambers, Clyde Arc Bridge, Ibrox Stadium, Provand Lordship and many others. We have carefully selected the supplementary information for each of them, including interesting historical facts and a collection of photographs. Additionally, we have placed all main sights on the map of Glasgow below, since this information can be useful when you plan your walking routes in Glasgow.

Glasgow University, Glasgow

» The university was founded in 1451. The educational institution includes research centers and has partners from all over the world.
» Glasgow University is the first university in the country that has had computers since 1975.
» There are 5 800 teachers educating 23 000 students at 9 faculties. The teaching staff has developed educational programs for all levels.
» The university is proud of 7 laureates of the prestigious international award. The list of eminent persons includes the prime minister and the first minister of Scotland. Albert Einstein, the famous theoretical physicist, lectured here.
» Women can get a degree in Medicine exactly at this university since 1894.
» Images of an embryo were obtained exactly at Glasgow University (1958).
» It is the only university where all the scientific areas are taught.
» In the aerodynamics departments, students can conduct flights in the wind channel and check the resilience of flying machines.
» The library stock includes 2.5 million books. There are also many periodicals, films, and multimedia files.

Glasgow City Chambers, Glasgow

» The headquarters of the municipal government are situated in the City Chambers.
» The building is located on George Square. It was constructed between 1882 and 1888. Queen Victoria was invited to the grand opening of the construction.
» Not only meetings but also tours are organized here.
» There are paintings dedicated to the history of the country on the upper floor. The inside of the building still has elements of the interior present in its old Victorian-era predecessor. The royal family members are received in the Banqueting Hall.
» The facade of the red brick construction is richly decorated with sculptures. The three-tier central part is decorated with columns. A quaint turret rises above the roof.
» The interior of the lobby is finished with a lot of mosaics. Marble columns, granite stairs, the walls frescoed with the use of gold leaf, faience pottery, an abundance of jewellery are just a few things that make up the splendour of the interior.
» The halls have a high dome made of steel and glass following a stained glass technology.
» A sarcophagus elevated above the ground and two guarding lions are installed before the City Chambers to commemorate those killed in world wars.

Clyde Arc Bridge, Glasgow

» The Clyde Arc is known as the Squinty Bridge among locals. It significantly differs from its fellows in curved structure and is laid across the Clyde River at an angle.
» It was built in 2006 by the Edmund Nuttall construction company and serves as a highway connecting the opposite parts of the city – the north district and the south bank of the river.
» The highway is 169 meters long. Four lanes provide an uninterrupted traffic flow. Two lanes are made for public transport, the other two are used by other vehicles. There’s also a pedestrian zone.
» The wonder construction is unique in its design – a span over the river resembles an arc. The solid metal arch has a large height radius.
» The citizens are proud of the local landmark. Being one of the futuristic constructions, the Clyde Arc Bridge can often be seen on souvenirs.
» A tramway is going to be built here. The construction of the bridge is necessary as the number of vehicles increased dramatically. A new direction is needed for vehicles to move freely.
» Similar constructions were erected in the city 30 years ago.

Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow

» Ibrox Stadium situated in the south of Glasgow is the oldest stadium in Scotland. It was built in 1899. It is still considered to be one of the world’s iconic football constructions.
» The name originated from the name of the park where the sports facility is located.
» It’s the home of the renowned Glasgow Rangers Football Club. They won in national championships 54 times! In winter, when a friendly match was held, the stands accommodated over a hundred thousand fans.
» At first, the wooden stands had no seats.
» In 1902, professional players fought in a game between the British and the Scots. 70,000 fans visited the game. One of the constructions failed to withstand the mass of fans and collapsed. People were rolling down from a height of 12 metres. Parts of the structure fell down on them. However, the game wasn’t stopped to avoid causing panic. 25 people were killed, and 517 ones were injured.
» Over more than a century of existence, Ibrox Stadium and the complex itself have been renovated and reconstructed several times.
» The current capacity is 51,000 people. The rectangular grass field is 105х68 metres. Four separate two-tier stands adjoin the arena. Two large screens are built in the corners.

Provand Lordship, Glasgow

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Facts: » Provand’s Lordship is a medieval museum. In 1471, it was part of St. Nicholas’s Hospital. It was founded by a city priest. The brickwork of the manor still has the bishop’s coat of arms.
» The building was originally intended to be a dwelling house for churchmen and hospital staff. In 1978, the city government became the owner of the construction, and it was turned into a museum.
» The 17th-century Scottish furniture and a collection of stone masks (1737) that used to decorate the facade were preserved.
» The things, outfits, household items of a bygone era are exhibited here. There are exhibitions about the way of life of the ancient Scotsman.
» Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, is said to have visited the estate.
» The exterior is very modest: a rough hewn stone without decorations, small windows, and massive walls.
» There are three floors inside connected by wooden staircases. The rooms also look ascetic and have no interior decoration. The furniture is made of wood and is dark in colour. The ceilings are low.
» There’s a sign above the entrance, which says that the estate is the oldest dwelling house in Glasgow.
» A small garden is arranged behind the house. There are beds for planting medicinal herbs.

Cottier Theatre, Glasgow

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Facts: » Scottish Opera and Ballet’s troupes as well as actors from the Theatre Company perform in Melpomene’s building. Besides, the theatre hosts Mayfest, a festival of theatre, and touring companies perform here.
» The construction is curious architecturally. In 1867, an elaborate building – the Royal Theatre – was constructed. All kinds of productions were staged there. The red brick facade has a brightly written inscription – The Kinds. The exterior design is a fusion of two architectural styles: baroque and Art Nouveau.
» Thanks to a special support structure in the form of high vertical pillars, the auditorium has a wider field of view.
» A vaulted ceiling in the lobby is made of red and white marble tiles. The walls are finished with fresco plaster painted in cream and gold with coloured inclusions.
» After climbing the decorative stairs, a visitor gets to the four-tier auditorium which can hold over a thousand people.
» The upholstery and curtains have the same colouring – a rich shade of red. The orchestra pit holds up to a hundred musicians.
» The backstage areas were expanded. Cloakrooms were modernized. Guests can visit a restaurant and a bar during intermissions.
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