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  • Glasgow – of old and new

    Glasgow

    Glasgow

    Once the centre of the Scottish Enlightenment, Glasgow has now become one of United Kingdom’s most populous, economically developed and culturally prolific cities. Although, from a touristic perspective, Glasgow has a strong competitor in the picturesque city of Edinburgh (Scotland’s second largest city), there are certain aspects of Glasgow that make it unbeatable. The most fascinating thing about Glasgow it the harmonious way in which the old and new coexist. While Glasgow’s art museums and galleries are hosting some of the most valuable creations produced within the last centuries, Glasgow underground music scene continues to impose trends. The same fascinating contrast can be seen in Glasgow’s architecture: its Victorian old quarter and Art Nouveau iconic buildings are perfectly integrated between the post-modernist structures. No matter what are your tastes in terms of music or artistic movements, when visiting Glasgow it’s imperative to give the same amount of attention to both old and new Glasgow.

    Historic Glasgow

    Glasgow is mostly famous for its museums: here you can admire some of the most remarkable works of art, from old Chinese art to Dali’s ‘Christ of St. John the Cross’.  How did the inventor of Surrealism end up in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum? It’s simple: an art lover and clairvoyant, in the person of Dr. Tom Honeyman, purchased the picture in 1951. The Burrell Museum is mainly focused on ancient and oriental art: this is the museum that hosts some interesting collections of tapestries and Gothic art, but also some important paintings belonging to the French painter Edgar Degas.

    Archeology and history have always played an important role in the academic life of Glasgow – that is way the Hunterian Musem, founded in 1808, is the oldest facility of such kind in Scotland.  During its two hundred years of existence, the Hunterian has managed to gather more than 1 million artifacts – no wonder is Glasgow’s most popular museum.

    The new face of Glasgow

    As mentioned above, Glasgow is home to some of the hottest music bars in Europe. Year by year, these Scottish pubs have managed to fill the European music scene with some of the most original bands. Bands like Travis, Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai or Camera Obscura were produced by Glasgow’s fertile music scene. Years ago, a pub in Glasgow was the place where Oasis was first spotted by a major label talent seeker.  As a tribute to Glasgow’s stimulating artistic climate, UNESCO awarded Glasgow with the title of ‘City of Music’.

    The architecture of Old Glasgow is given a new dimension every year during the ‘Galsgow Radiance Festival’. The manifestation brings together to most talented and innovative technicians. Featuring light installations, laser shows and projections, the 4-day festival is yet another Glasgow tradition that has managed to gain international attention.

    Glasgow was famous at the beginning of the 20th century for its elegant Art-nouveau buildings – this gave birth to an entire architectural style, known as the “Glasgow School”. The construction of such daring works of architecture as the Clyde auditorium, the Glasgow Royal Center Hall or the Clyde Arc had given a modern, prosperous face to the old Glasgow. If you want to find out more about Glasgow attractions and nightlife, take a look at this Glasgow Travel Guide.

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