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The View from Special Collections

The View from Special Collections
A characteristic of Glasgow as a city is its lack of tall buildings. Now, before you cry foul and say “what about the high rises?!?”, allow me to explain what I mean.  Yes, there are high rises, and lot’s of them. The largest concentration of high rises in the UK actually, or so I’ve heard, but even the tallest of them only reach a height of 90.8m, and the Red Road blocks of flats, often mistakenly thought to be the tallest buildings in Glasgow, stand at 89m.

Compare this to the Glasgow University Tower, which stands at about 85m, and the Boyd Orr Building and the University Library a bit shorter than that. Due to this absence of a high concentration of really tall buildings, any tall building in Glasgow offer a nice view of the city. This particular view, taken from the Special Collections on the 12th floor of the University Library, shows parts of the West End and North of Glasgow, some University buildings in the foreground (Adam Smith Building, Bute Gardens, and the  Hetherington Building), the Botanic Gardens, a even Murano Street in the background (can you find it?). Anything else you can find in the panorama? (Click in the photo for larger versions)

See more panoramas from Glasgow University here.

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