University Tower at Night
Being one of the tallest buildings on one of the highest hills in Glasgow, the Glasgow University Tower is one of the best vantage points in the city. Unfortunately, having being built in the over 130 years ago, the University limits the number of people allowed up top and the frequency of visits. I’ve managed to be allowed to the top during Freshers’ Week 2008 in the first group to go.
Unfortunately, the weather was very typically Scottish, having been raining for the past couple of days, so as beautiful as the panoramic cityscapes were, the ominous clouds dampened the experience.
Speaking of an experience, getting to the top is no easy task, as one must climb some 200 winding steps to the top. You see the spires on the sides of the tower? The one on the right on this side (the north-west corner) is longer than the other three corners as it contains the winding staircase to the top. Not for the out of shape, seriously.
I still remember how one of the Freshers’ Helpers who escorted us to the top told us not to worry because the tower was built “to the safety standards of the 1870s.” Next Monday, August 31st, I will post a panorama composed of photos I shot with my mobile phone from the tower a year ago.
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