Necropolis Now!
Necropolis Now!
By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 1 comment

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Some joke that its “the dead centre of Glasgow” – and in more ways than one, because The Necropolis is situated within the very heart of Glasgow, towering above the city’s skyline, yet hidden away behind Glasgow Cathedral, and is standing proof that in death as with life Glaswegians are image-conscious to the end (and beyond).

 

This Victorian cemetery – one of the most significant in Europe – is a hidden gem, and home to 50,000 departed souls; a sprawling, historic and beautiful city of the dead in which monuments and tombs vie for space, crowding the hill and meandering to its summit to meet the imposing towering statue of John Knox that overlooks the site.

 

The Necropolis was based on Père Lachaise in Paris, and the atmosphere in there is similarly dreary and distinctly noirish. Modest gravestones stand alongside outlandish merchant tombs and regal statues of city benefactors, designed by some of the city’s greatest architects including Alexander “Greek” Thomson and Charles Rennie Macintosh.

 

Take a leisurely climb to its peak via winding paths past leering gargoyles and pious crosses. And you don’t need to be a fan of the macabre to enjoy the history and the stunning panoramic view, as the city of Glasgow lays out before you. So come take a stroll with me over the next half dozen or so blog entries, as we feature the ‘Necropolis Now!’ series, and along the way we’ll tell the stories of those interred – or honoured – that helped shape this wonderful city.

 

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HC-110 (Dil.B – 1:31 – 7)
Plustek 7600i & Vuescan

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