Gallus Glasgow R: Religious buildings

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art was the first in the world to cover all major world religions together. It sits next to Glasgow Cathedral (1197) and superficially looks almost as old, but it dates from the late 1980s. The Scottish baronial style was deliberately chosen to emulate the Bishop’s Palace which used to sit on the same site. In the images below, the third building you can see is the Royal Infirmary.

Some details from the museum:

The Cathedral is Church of Scotland and there are, of course, many more Christian denominations represented in Glasgow as well as buildings for other world religions. For example, Glasgow Central Mosque:

Glasgow Central Mosque

Garnethill Synagogue:

By RonAlmog, (Flickr page) (Flickr) CC BY 2.5 (, via Wikimedia Commons
By RonAlmog, (Flickr page) (Flickr) CC BY 2.5 (, via Wikimedia Commons

And Gurdwara Guru Granth Sahib:

Gurdwara Guru Granth Sahib

Most religious buildings which have been mentioned in the Challenge so far have been converted to other uses. This is a small, and by no means comprehensive, selection of those which still fulfil their original purpose.

Tomorrow in S we’ll look at some art – but not in a gallery.


  1. Lovely buildings! Some of the most beautiful buildings we saw when we were in Britain were religious buildings — Salisbury, York, and Canterbury Cathedrals are the first ones that come to mind. I like that there is such a diversity of religious buildings in Glasgow.


  2. I agree with N J! The buildings are beautiful, and I love that the building, even though built in the 1980s, uses the old style. I wish more buildings would do so, but I think the expense would be unrealistic. It has such a lovely charm to it.


  3. I absolutely adore St Mungo’s. My Dad took me there to see Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross in the mid nineties and it had a profound effect on me, such a powerful work. Another wonderful post 🙂