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Glasgow - Scottish style avant - garde

Glasgow, Scotland, UK, View from Queens Park

Located on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest in the United Kingdom. But this is of minimal importance. Glasgow remains the largest industrial center of Scotland, the heart of Scottish culture and civilization, a city alive, passionate even, with a unique atmosphere which does not want to come off easily. It is striking, sophisticated, classic, antique, melancholic and beautiful spirit of immortal vibrates of Scotland...

Almost any travel guide informs you from the start that this city has a population of about 600,000 inhabitants. Inaccurate: with all the suburbs on both sides of the River Clyde, which it divides in two, Glasgow has over 2 million souls, mostly Scottish.

For tourists who cross it for the first time on foot, Old Glasgow is divided into two main areas: City Centre, the largest, consisting of shopping and entertainment areas and trade institutions, and so-called West End - a neighborhood bohemian air, and aristocratic, full of cafes, pubs and restaurants ranging from Glasgow University and surrounding Kelvingorve Museum.

City Centre, called by locals Town or The Toon, is the city that attracts most visitors, is characterized by buildings built in Victorian style and Edwardian. Major roads in the City Centre are Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street, which crosses the area from east to west, and are linked by Buchanan Street, which intersects it from north to south.

Probably the most visited subdivision of City Centre is famous Merchant City, an area which circumscribes perfectly preserved medieval city center. This section full of historical buildings and clock tower dominates the City Chambers and Tolbooth building with characteristic hexagonal shape. Another notable presence is the statue of John Knox, near the Necropolis cemetery. The latter, very high holds the remains of about 50,000 people and is nicknamed by British, in Victorian period, City of the Dead.

In the vicinity, you can walk through George Square and visit the Museum of Modern Art, a palace adorned with Doricstyle columns.

If you are already on Bath Street, keep walking until you get the direction of Blythswood Square, where you can admire Old Scottish Automobile Club, now arranged as an exclusive and aristocratic era hotel.

In the west of Glasgow, find popular and dynamic West End. Are neither neighborhood nor residential area, but everyone, tourists and locals alike, they known as huge area bordered to the east by M8 motorway, north of Great Western Road, south of Argyle Street and west of Crow Road.

West End's heart is marked by a defining figure in the Gothic style of the University of Glasgow, the oldest and most impressive place of classical learning in this citadel of Scotland. The prestigious university is the fourth oldest in the entire United Kingdom, was founded in 1451. Today it is considered one of the most important academic institutions in the UK. The presence of the University, gives the West End area, its distinctive character - it’s lined with trees streets are full, almost all year round by students.

Most tourists exploring the West End, around Byres Road start, trunk road from here. Byres Road is furnished on both sides by pubs, restaurants and shops with different specific where you can find almost everything in the world. Descending from the University to Kelvingrove Park, along Kelvin Way - a wide street, surrounded by trees, arrive in a piazza-like old town of Bath English. Further down the road, we find Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, the largest museum of its kind in Scotland. The settlement is home to some of the most culturally valuable collections in the UK, we mention here only works by Salvador Dali.

Nearby is the interesting Museum of Transport in Glasgow, which is worth visiting, also a History of the means of locomotion from steam carts and horses or vehicles, the latest models of cars today.

Most buildings are built in classic styles Glasgow Victorian and Edwardian, but they coexist with modern buildings, with bold and innovative look. Among them there is Clyde Auditorium, a huge concert hall complex which is part of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The imposing building of the City Chambers, built in 1881, is distinguished by its architectural style inspired by Italian-Renaissance. Glasgow Cathedral is on the other hand, a shining example by Gothic architecture dating from medieval times early.

Mitchell Library is the largest public library in Europe with an impressive reading room, you can spend a whole day here, and still you will return the next day! Not famous Willow Tea Rooms bypass or a teahouse built in 1904 by Charles Rennie Macintosh's plans, a building is truly magnificent.

Glasgow, despite its appearance its gloomy Scottish city is a center of art and beauty. Only the town hall, alone takes care of a number of 13 museums and galleries in the field, without counting them, museums and private collections.

Science lovers will feel inspired by visiting the Glasgow Science Centre, a building with hundreds of interactive presentations, exhibitions of popular science, IMAX cinema and Glasgow Tower, 125 meters high tower, only tower in the world to perform a rotation of 360 degrees around its axis. Please note that visiting this wonderful center of science and fantasy for adults costs £ 10 and £ 8 for children.

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery - gallery contains a valuable collection of works of art, while the museum - the oldest museum in Scotland - exhibit vestiges of the Roman presence, found the fort in Bearsden and dinosaur fossils discovered in the Island Skye. For visit necessarily is Fossil Grove, which contains the remains of a petrified forest, over 330 million years old - the only fossilized forest dating from that period, now known.

Glasgow is famous for its music scene. In the past 20 years many bands from indie trends, Britt pop, rock, have launched or have won fame in this city. If you somehow get King Tut pub's Wah Wah Hut, from Vincent Street, well this is the place where launched the famous band Oasis.

Glasgow holds the top three largest football stadiums in Scotland, and this detail cannot be reflected as better, the passion of its inhabitants, for round ball sport. The city is not exempt from the football tradition and rivalries of the local derby.

As in Rome (where life rivalry between AS Roma and Lazio Rome), Milan, Internazionale and AC where make law, or Belgrade, Red Star and Partizan which raises the alarm in the city code in the days when playing against each other, has its Glasgow derby and its traditional rivalry between the clubs Rangers and Celtic.

Attention, therefore, the Hooligans, present, unfortunately, and among factions 'ultra' supporters in the galleries of the two eternal rivals. And be careful what clothing items you wear if you got into town during a derby. The Glasgow Rangers are followers of white, blue, red, while those in the opposing camp, those by the Celtic, are always in green and white.

If it is dinner time, and want to try a traditional Scottish menu, try pubs and restaurants Ubiquitos Chip, Arisaig, The Red Onion or The Coronation.

Scottish cuisine is based on natural ingredients, which consist mainly of game meat, fish, mutton, beef, few vegetables and cereals, but many dairy and cheese.

The most famous dish is haggis, a mince of heart, liver and lungs of sheep, mixed with onions and spices. With this mixture fill a sheep's stomach, which then sew and is kept in the oven at low heat in their sauce for about 3 hours. Haggis was the old favorite dish of the famous Scottish warrior, dressed in their checkered clothes.

However, at present, traditional Scottish cuisine is rapidly losing ground to Indian cuisine offensive triggered culinary and Chinese brought the Indo-Pakistani city and Chinese minorities. For this reason, Glasgow is sarcastically called "Curry Capital of Britain" because hundreds of fast-food restaurants, and Indian or Chinese restaurants, which literally span the city.

Do not forget that the city has gained a deserved reputation among drinkers from all over the world. Glasgow is considered unofficial, as a true capital of beer and traditional Scottish whiskey.

However, it has been and remained a relatively safe city for tourists and residents. The safest is the center, suburbs inhabited by unemployed immigrants have, unfortunately, a relatively high degree of crime, as well as all the suburbs of large cities in the world, though.

Glasgow remains a city so full, with good and bad, interesting and full of surprises for any tourist. If you want to know the soul of Scotland, is still a good place, despite its cosmopolitanism gallop.