Literally a city of the dead, this vast burial ground behind Glasgow Cathedral pays tribute to Glasgow's wealthier nineteenth-century inhabitants. Established with a view to being a kind of Scottish equivalent of Père Lachaise in Paris, it may not have the likes of Jim Morrison, but memorials include a 62m high obelisk to John Knox and plenty of spectacularly ornate gravestones and mausoleums. A graveyard visit may not appeal to all, but the site also offers excellent views of the city as well as the first solo work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a Celtic cross on the monument to Alexander McCall. Tours are offered by the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis, advance booking essential.
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Site Specifics: The Glasgow Necropolis2 Apr 2009
What is it? A Victorian Gothic fantasy of what a cemetery should look like. At least 50,000 Glaswegians have been buried there, in 3,500 tombs and mausoleums. You want us to go to a graveyard? It’s not just a graveyard. It’s a fascinating look…