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Cold and humid Glasgow, located in the north of Great Britain, is known for its universities and a nationally significant sea harbour. Today, having grown from a 6th-century fishing village on the coast of River Clyde, Glasgow is not just one of Great Britain’s economic engines, but also a city with the world’s longest bar, its own Statue of Liberty, a functional ancient steamship, an impressive cemetery and many other interesting things. Glasgow was also the setting of the world’s very first TV broadcast from London, and the first international football match. In the 19th century, thanks to its commercial harbour, Glasgow was a contender for the second most powerful city of the British Empire.

In the 18th century, the famous writer Daniel Defoe characterized Glasgow in his Great Britain travel diaries as “the cleanest and beautifullest, and best built city in Britain, London excepted”.

People chilling out in Kelvingrove park in Glasgow
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  People chilling out in Kelvingrove park in Glasgow

During the Industrial Revolution, the city developed its chemistry, textile and engineering industries, and grew much larger, while the River Clyde became a source of inspiration for industrialists and artists alike. Glasgow’s shipyards soon became its business card. The harbour saw a high turnover of cargo (sugar, cotton, etc.) from all over the world. The city is best known for its tobacco trade.

At one point in the 20th century, Glasgow’s population reached 1.2 million, but then many people later moved to the nearby suburbs, cutting the number of inhabitants of the city in half. However, Glasgow has the world’s third oldest metro system (which is also the only metro system in Scotland), two traditional football clubs and one of the largest public libraries in Europe.

Clyde River view at sunset, Glasgow
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Clyde River view at sunset, Glasgow

The city centre, based on a grid system of streets on the North bank of the River Clyde, is home to the City Council, several museums and many theatre and concert halls. The nine-storey cinema, located in this part of the city, was included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest cinema building in the world. It has 18 screens and 4,300 seats.

Since the nearby Merchant City began to flourish at the turn of the 19th century, most of its streets were named after various tobacco merchants. Now it’s a chic district, comprised of residential houses, commercial buildings and cultural industries, with architectural heritage from the 15th century.

Glasgow also has a Financial Centre, where many insurance companies, banks and other financial institutions have their headquarters.

Glasgow in Scotland, Buchanan Street
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Glasgow in Scotland, Buchanan Street

The West End district pulsates to a bohemian rhythm; here you’ll find many bars, cafés, hotels, the University of Glasgow, a botanical garden, and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. This district hosts one of Glasgow’s largest festivals, and has lots of museums and tourist zones. The East End district, previously dominated by industry, has also been slowly changing its image.

Glasgow has its own BBC division, editorial offices of several newspapers and websites, and a few radio stations. The city is also the birthplace of Travis – one of the most famous Scottish rock bands.

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