Glasgow is renowned for its friendly atmosphere, vibrant art scene, and 19th-century Victorian architecture. It is also home to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the most famous Scottish architect of all time. With a population of almost two million people, Glasgow is one of the first cities in Europe to reach this milestone. It is also the site of the world's first international football match and the busiest bridge in Europe.
The city has much to be proud of, and here are 15 things Glasgow is famous for that you probably didn't know.
The Arlington Baths- The Arlington Baths are the oldest swimming club in the world and are classified as an A-listed building. The club first opened its doors in August 1871 and remains in Charing Cross, in the city.
The First International Football Match- In 1872, the national football teams of England and Scotland met in a match, which FIFA considers to be the first international football match held in the world.
The Busiest Bridge in Europe- Glasgow's Kingston Bridge is the busiest bridge in all of Europe, with more than 150,000 vehicles every day. However, this bridge is not for the faint of heart, as it has ten lanes that can fill up during peak hours.
The Biggest Football Match- During another Scotland-England soccer game in Glasgow in 1937, nearly 150,000 fans attended to show their support for their teams.
This is still the busiest international football match in Europe.
The Invention of Television- We can all be thankful for the invention of television. It was created in 1927 by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, an inventor from the University of Glasgow, formerly known as the Royal Technical College.Victoria Park - Downtown Glasgow is home to Victoria Park, where there are 11 extinct fossilized trees estimated to be over 300 million years old, making them older than dinosaurs.
Glasgow Cathedral- Glasgow Cathedral stands 69 meters away in the heart of the city. It is the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland that survived the Protestant Reformation that took place during the 16th century.
The Glasgow Tower- The tallest tower in Scotland is the Glasgow Tower, with 127 meters. The tower also holds the Guinness World Record for being the tallest tower in the world, where the entire structure can rotate 360 degrees.
Shipbuilding on The River Clyde- The River Clyde in Glasgow has allowed the city to be the center of shipbuilding since the 15th century.
The Second City of Great Britain- The city was seen by the world as the second city in Great Britain, after London, since Glasgow was formerly one of the most powerful industrial cities in the world.
Industries included glass, textiles and cotton, which alone created a third of the city's jobs during the 18th century.
The Corinthian Club- The Corinthian is a club located in one of the most beautiful buildings in Glasgow. This building formerly housed a bank and court of law, and now has five levels full of cafes, bars, restaurants and a venue for events.
The River Clyde- The River Clyde is the best-known river in Scotland. It stretches to about 170 kilometers (106 miles) long and ends in the Atlantic. It plays an important role for locals because of the variety of edible fish it contains.
The Cotton Industry- These waters played an important role during the bustling cotton industry of the 19th century.
The Paris Of Pere-Lachaise- The Paris of Pere-Lachaise is the inspiration for the Glasgow necropolis.
The cemetery is a huge piece of land and is recognized as one of the most important cemeteries that Europe has ever known.