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The Necropolis, Glasgow

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A Victorian cemetery resting on hallowed ground just east of Glasgow Cathedral, The Necropolis is a monument to the individuals who built Glasgow. Although over 50,000 people are buried in the cemetery, only 3,500 monuments stand. Some of these are large, detailed memorials that pay homage to the importance of the person interred, while other small gravestones mark the humble resting places of those less fortunate. You'll find three modern memorials: one in remembrance of those who fought in the Korean War, one to those who were awarded the Victorian Cross, and another for stillborn children. All of these tell a story of the city. Visit the cemetery for a stroll through the names that collectively created today's Glasgow. Work out when and for how long to visit The Necropolis and other Glasgow attractions using our handy Glasgow online sightseeing planner .
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  • the wealthy merchants and industrialists of 19th century glasgow competed after death over who would have the most ornate tomb or gravestone all built in stone. good view of the back of the cathedral ...  more »
  • The Glasgow Necropolis is a place that brings together, under age old slabs, and alongside long-skinned runners, excerpts from history, capitalized, from Scotland (Alba, in Scottish Gaelic) in General and Glasgow in particular. If one is able - and should be - to abstract himself from the solid presence of death around him, a visit to this place is an experience of peace, a stimulus to curiosity, a foray into a past that is not unknown to the outsider less interesting , mysterious and eye-catching. Strolling among mausoleums sometimes excessive, punctually sound names, somewhat creepy statues and certainly egregious busts did not inany induced us at all to loneliness: perhaps nostalgia, reflection and to give free rein to imagination. From its heights you can see the majestic Cathedral of St Mungo, founder of the city.
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  • Very impressive! I recommend to climb to the top of the hill: the view is just mind-blowing and it's totally worth it. It's kinda windy up here so be sure to wear an appropriate jacket.
  • Definitely recommend walking up the path which takes around 5-10mins to get to the top. The view of Glasgow is insanely amazing and the Cathedral opposite adds to the beauty. We were able to find lots of parking on the street right next to it.
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