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Dual Spires

Dual SpiresAs seen from University Avenue, the two main spires at the University of Glasgow. The only other spire of note that you can find is on the Pearce Lodge, as well as very small ones on the John McIntyre Building, the Graham Kerr Building and the West Medical Building. (Did I forget any spires around campus?) The notable thing around campus is that of the three churches along University Avenue (the Wellington Church, Gilmorehill Centre and the Sir Charles Wilson Building), not a single one of them has a spire.

The white spire on the Memorial Chapel, as I mentioned a few weeks back, has an identical twin on High Street, close to where the University of Glasgow began in 1451. The Barony Church, across the street from the Glasgow Cathedral and built some 30 years before the Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow, incorporates an identical spire. The real connection and reason for why they’re identical that I can find is one of the architects for the Barony Church, John James Burnet, was also one of the architects who designed the Memorial Chapel. Interestingly, Barony Church also has a university connection, although not to the University of Glasgow: it is used as a ceremonial hall for the University of Strathclyde.

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