ST ANDREWS CATHEDRAL
WHERE IS IT? In the city centre, on Dunlop Street facing the River Clyde, just behind the St. Enoch Shopping Centre
Nestled on the northern bank of the River Clyde, St. Andrew's is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Glasgow, designed in the Gothic Revival style by Scottish architect James Gillespie Graham.
It was primarily built as demand for Roman Catholic places of worship grew with an influx of Irish immigrants during the Industrial Revolution. Although dedicated to the patron saint of Scotland, it was also seen as a nod to the Reverend Andrew Scott, whose decision it was to construct the church in its current location. This was a time when the Catholic emancipation was in its infancy, and Catholics were still subject to a tyranny of rules that barred their religious practices. While the church was seen as a symbol of the reintroduction of Catholicism in Glasgow, it was not without its troubles; construction work was delayed by vandalism and sabotage.
The church was recently renovated over the course of two years, with work completed in April 2011, restoring the church to its former glory and bringing a new light to the space, as well as the adjoining cloister garden, which houses a number of sculptures and artwork.
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