10 historical facts about Glasgow
The second largest city in Scotland, Glasgow has received accolades such as Unesco City of Music and European City of Culture, but it's history dates back as far as the 6th Century. Here are our favourite facts from Glasgow’s fascinating past: 1. The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and, owing to its links with the church. many lectures were given in the crypt! 2. Built in 1867, the main building of the University of Glasgow is the second largest example of Gothic Revival in Britain. 3. Home to famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, many of the city’s buildings were designed by him. 4. Nicknamed the Clockwork Orange, Glasgow is home to Scotland’s only underground railway system and the third oldest in the world. 5. In 1789, Glasgow got its first police force…40 years before London! 6. The very first international football match between England and Scotland was played in Glasgow in 1872. 7. Glasgow played an enormously important part in the Industrial Revolution. Situated close to sources of limestone, iron ore and with a practical port, Glasgow relied heavily on shipbuilding and the steel and coal industries. 8. Glasgow was a centre for manufacturing ships and armaments during WWI and WWII. 9. The word ‘Glasgow’ is Gaelic for ‘dear, green place’; an apt name for a city with more than 90 parks and gardens within its boundaries! 10. Glasgow is the largest retail hub in the UK outside of London’s West End. You can expect to receive a warm welcome at any Hallmark Hotel, and our Hallmark Hotel Glasgow features a full range of leisure facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, gym and beauty spa.
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