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The City Chambers
The City Chambers were designed by William Young in 1880, and was one of the 19th centureies finest public buildings. It took seven years to build and craftsmen were brought from Italy and France to complete the building of this important building.
A great deal of extravagence was lavished upon the project and today this can still be seen by looking at the ornate facade on the west face of the building. Inside, there is a wonderful marble staircase, banqueting halls with wonderfully orante plasterwork, alabaster and mahogany fittings; not forgetting the art works on view.
There are daily public tours, and sometimes the inetriors can been unknowingly seen appearing in some film or other - generally playing the part of the Vatican or the Kremlin.
GEORGE SQUARE & CITY CHAMBERS
George Square, at the very heart of the city, is surrounded by some of the Glasgow's most important buildings, the city chambers & the Merchants' house. The square is known for its floral displays and in winter its Christmas lights. The city Chambers, opened by Queen Victoria in 1888, are a materpiece of Victorian Architecture and have impressive loggia, marble stircases and banqueting hall. The view of the chambers from George Square is just spectacular.
Guided tours are available from Mon-Friday 1030 & 1430(Subect to Council Business) you can either go to the reception or visit the website for information.
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Statues and Victorian splendour
If you visit Glasgow, you will find yourself at some point in George Square. Queen Street Station (trains to Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen etc) is on the north side and the City Chambers is to the East. There are plenty of statues of famous Scottish people, and the City Chambers is a magnificent Victorian building. Beside Queen Street station is the Copthorne (Originally the North British) British which is actually a late Georgian building from the early 19tyh century. There is often entertainment or rallies here and is the centre of present day Glasgow. Here are some photographs of George Square.
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George Square is located right in the heart of the city centre, next to Queen Street Station and is home to the city chambers. its also often home to different events in the city, especially around Christmas and Hogmanay
A brief pass-through the square
When visiting a new city, we walk...a lot. So much so that we laugh about how we physically work harder when on holiday then at any other time in our regular lives. Why do I mention this? Because it was on one of our lenghty walks through the city of Glasgow on our first day there that we happend to stroll through George Square, passing right through city center.
This was a beautiful city square, accented wonderfully by flower beds (September), and various historical figures memorialized in statue form. This is also a particulary good spot to have a seat and watch the world go by.
In busier times, I understand that spectacular holiday celebrations and such take place in the square, and that is no surprise. With a great deal of public space like this, and the backdrop of City Chambers, it is the perfect place for Christmas and Hogmanay (New Years) revelry.
visit the city chambers.
if your in george square your probably looking at it. big grand building behind the cenotaph(war memorial). it's free to get in and does 2 tours a day. monday to friday only. inside it is incredible, considering it's city council office. the staircase is the same as one inside the vatican( don't worry fellow rangers fans, your feet will not turn green and go septic if you wear a stout pair of walking shoes. ha ha). you can go into the debating chambers. see fine art old and new. the rooms are decorated with rare and extinct woods. function rooms are like something out of a royal palace. and of course you get to learn a wee bit about glasgow from the tour guide man who tries his best to be funny! not many people go to this so it's a good escape for an hour from the crowds outside. you will enjoy.
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Another thing what makes George Square so great is it seems to be located near the center of the city so there's always a chance something's going on here. The day I went there wasn't much going on other then people just sitting around, but there's bound to be stuff going on here during the tourist months.
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If you wanna people watch.....
Almost like Trafalgar Square in London, George Square is the perfect place to soak up some sun (if there is any) and just watch the masses wander about their daily business. Whether you're in the mood for having some lunch or just to sit, it's a cool place to kick back. There's a tourist information center as well that's located across the street to the east side in case you wanna pick up some info.
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George Square is the central square in Glasgow. You would need to exit at the Queens street station, to get here by the rail network.
The square is surrounded by various chambers/ halls, while various statues and columns are scattered around the square itself, including a column, which is a monument from the 1st world wa and a statue of James Watt, the Scottish inventor, who played a significant role in the invention of the steam engine, amongst other things
Over the years, George square has also been the venue for various activities, events and protests.
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Relax and enjoy the views
So first, my Lonely Planet tour started here and I wondered around a bit (see my Lonely Planet tour-tip). It's a very nice place to be in the middle of the city. There's always something to be seen, either the historical buildings, the statues or the people who are there.
The next day I went back around lunchtime so I had my lunch there, among a lot of other people who had the same idea.
This is the centre of Glasgow. Laid out in 1781, it gradually evolved into the beautiful city square that you can see today. It is dominated by the imposing City Chambers, and dotted with numerous statues and monuments.
The City Chambers is one of Scotland's greatest buildings. Designed by William Young, it was completed in 1890. The entrance is based upon the Arch of Constantine in Rome.
A busy square and meeting point
George Square was laid out to a plan of James Barry in the 1780s and soon became a place which drew civic buildings and statues to it.
The square is home to a number of statues - Robert burns, James Watt, David Livingstone and Lord Clyde. The only female representative is a mounted figure of a young Queen Victoria - and nearby the Prince Consort, Albert.
INTERNATIONAL PIPING FESTIVAL
During my days visiting Glasgow,i was surprised to see this important international festival here.I didn't know about that but the city hold this festival during a full week of the month of August.
I was lucky then to see and listen to some of best pipers in the world.
In the picture you can see a pipers band from the U.S.A also were playing other from other countries,including Canada,and Spain!.I enjoyed listening these pipers music!!.
GEORGE SQUARE is the heart of Glasgow.This beautiful and colorfull square is located in the center of the old town,here is located also the Council Building as you can see on the picture and is a huge open space in the city.
Just behind George Square are located Queen Street train Station and also the Buchanan Bus Station.
Mostly all main events in the city are in George Square and is one of most visited places in the city.
There is an Information Point here aswell,so if you need a map,some accomodation or some excursions brochures this is your place!.
The City Hall
George Sq and the City Hall is a must in Glasgow. The City Hall is a very beautiful building in my opinion. I never entered it (dunno if you're even allowed to) but just watching it is enough.
George Sq is also the place where most tour buses go from.
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