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Wellington Church at Night

Wellington Church at Night

The Wellington Church on University Avenue is one of the few buildings on the road that is not owned by Glasgow University. The parish church, located right next to the Round Reading Room, was built in 1883-4 and belongs to the Church of Scotland. Although Glasgow University does have its own chapel just across the street, Wellington Church does host both religious and secular university events.

Interesting little factoid: most churches of the era preferred a Gothic Revival style of architecture, just like the University’s main building. Had the Wellington Church done the same, it might not stand out too much on University Avenue, although it would have a spire which might rival the University Tower. I guess it’s good that they went with the neoclassical style favoured by United Presbyterian Church who the church was built for in the first place.

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