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Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland. It has a long history as a hub of industry and trade and is known for being the heart of the Scottish Enlightenment when there was an outpouring of intellectual, scientific and medical accomplishments. Glasgow has now transformed itself into an edgy cultural and artistic hub. The Necropolis, above, on a prominent hill overlooking the city is the burial site of some of Glasgow's famous citizens. (Marcok, Wikimedia Commons)

The principal civic area of Glasgow is George Square with its statues of Robert Burns, Walter Scott, and Queen Victoria, around which lie architecturally important buildings such as the City Chambers.

Glasgow is a national cultural hub, home to the  Royal  Concert Hall, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, National Theatre and various museums and thriving music venues.

The Scottish Event Campus includes The SSE Hydro, a multi-purpose indoor arena and the SEC Armadillo, an auditorium and convention centre.

The Gallery of Modern Art displays works by local and international artists and offers a program of temporary exhibits and workshops.

The Riverside Museum is an award-winning transportation museum with over 3000 objects on display. Outside, the tall ship, Glenlee, is moored.

One of the displays is a realistic reproduction of a Victorian street complete with sound effects.

The University of Glasgow is one of Scotland's four ancient universities. It boasts seven Nobel Laureates and three British Prime Ministers among its distinguished alumni.

In the University is the delightful Hunterian Museum with its collection of Roman artifacts from the Antonine Wall, and of instruments used by scientists such as Watt, Lister and Kelvin.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses one of Europe's best civic arts collections.

Kelvingrove's eclectic collection includes artifacts related to natural history, scientific advancements, Scottish history and folk art.

St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art  houses exhibits relating to all the major religions of the world.

     

Delightful wall murals are everywhere. This one is a modern interpretation of  Mungo, Glasgow's patron saint.

Quirky storefronts and street installations are seen throughout the City Centre, West End and Clyde River waterfront.
 

Buchanan Street, reknowned for its Victorian architecture, is the central shopping street, second to London's Oxford Street for its high end retail.

Shops feature the iconic Scottish products of Scotch whiskey, woolens, tartans, and highland music.

 

The Botanical Gardens features  a pleasant park and several glass houses with a variety of temporate and tropical plants.

The gardens feature rare and exotic species such as its collection of carnivorous plants.

On a Sunday morning, we observed a merchant marine memorial service.

An energetic tribal pipe and drum band entertained visitors on pedestrianised Gordon Street. 

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