|Graves through the trees, last|
time I visited. Click to expand
Getting to Glasgow from Inverness is a good 3+ hrs on the coach from Inverness, and I don't even live in Inverness itself, so I had to travel to the city first, and Lolita is not the most practical style of clothing for travel! For the most part, I kept my impractically high heels for photographs, and switched to ugly but comfortable trainers (more about how this didn't work out later on). The weather was really quite bright, and I started doubting my choice of an all-black ensemble to wear! It had been cloudy and overcast in the Highlands, but the weather got warmer and sunnier as I travelled south to the central belt.
I made some attempts to get a few photographs of the stunning Scottish scenery taken out of the window. I really like looking out of the window on long coach and train journeys, but I always end up wishing I could stop off at all of the interesting places and explore - one of the downsides of not being able to drive is I can't go off on my own detours!
|A rather tall and craggy hill, not entirely sure where|
|Ruthven Barracks from the road, photo out of a coach window.|
|The Lolita group outside the cathedral, photographed by Meshya. |
I'm wearing comfortable but ugly trainers, but hiding them behind my bag!
The cathedral does have a few stained glass windows, but much less than I expected. I don't actually know why, but if I had been on the guided tour, that would have been one of the questions that I would have asked. I noticed that a lot of the stained glass was stylistically 20thC and had a lot of beautiful greens, blues and purples, especially one which I think might be the Millennium Window (I didn't get a good photograph, unfortunately), and I'd guess made in the late 1990s to celebrate the then-upcoming turn of the millennium. The cathedral was spared much of the more destructive aspects of the reformation because the local population stepped in to defend it, but maybe the windows were still smashed? - I do not know. According to the unofficial cathedral ::website::, the decision to put in stained glass was made in 1856, but it doesn't say why there wasn't stained glass previous to that, when in most other medieval cathedrals, stained glass was introduced centuries before, often right from the start, and one of the benefits of the Gothic style is how the arrangement of space and fenestration work really well with stained glass (I wrote a mini-dissertation for one of my graded units on this sort of thing last year...).
|These windows included stained glass, but my camera blew it out too bright.|
It's a very large and long building, and I don't think ALL of it was built at once, but it is remarkably united and singular building considering its age, and that it was built between 1136 and 1197, which is not as long as some cathedrals and basilicas, but still more than 60 years. It's on a straightforward linear floor-plan, with one extension off-centre rather than a cruciform transept, and these two (the Blackadder Crypt and its above ground chapel are aligned with the south transept, and the boiler wing is off centre) are the only bits that seem outside of the original design - the sacristy/chapter house while not part of the main hall-shape building, does seem like at least a very old addition, and maybe part of the original design, or of the original construction phases. I've seen a floor-plan, and been to the building, and these are my educated guesses on the history - it's not something I've really researched, nor did I get a chance to ask a guide. I've got to go back there, with a note-book, and get some more information!
|Pews with fabulous Gothic arches and trefoil designs.|
|Memorial with helm, shield and sword|
|Vaulted ceilings and concentric details on the arches. Best ceiling photo.|
|I took a LOT of ceiling pictures but most were terrible. This one was passable|
|Photograph by Meshya. Very tall candelabra.|
|Byzantine-looking mausoleum and many monuments,|
photographed by me, from the bridge, on my previous visit to the Necropolis
|Another of the previous photographs - grey skies and many monuments.|
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The Necropolis is also somewhere I could spend a lot more than a mere hour, especially with a camera. I really, really wish I had a camera that worked at the moment - my cheap 'point and click' camera died (it had death spasms, with the shutter and zoom mechanism suddenly going through some random glitching motions and then breaking, before it expired) and the Canon camera I have on extended loan has trouble with batteries and charging... I just have my phone at the moment, and while the photographs are not terrible, but they could be so much better quality. A new camera is something I will have to invest in when I get a job!
|I was trailing behind the group, photographing the monuments, but the group|
are very aesthetic from behind, so that wasn't too bad! Note monument styles.
|An angel perched in stone. Photo by myself.|
|Graves through the trees. Photograph by myself.|
|Lolita group participant in the shade beneath a cherry tree. Photo by me.|
The Lolita group, myself included, took a lot of outfit photos and pictures of each other. While they took photos by some of the graves, I wandered off, not too far because I was back in my high heels and I am precarious in them, to look for interesting graves and vistas. I actually brought my cane with me, both to stabilise myself while wearing heels, and to help me walk once I had taken them off because wearing heels all day makes my ankles pretty sore indeed.
|Lou Graves ( @gravelvet on Instagram) took this.|
I looked pretty aesthetic while wandering off!
|LaFantome, who was the organiser of our meet-up. Photo by me.|
|Me standing in front of my favourite monument, photo by|
|Sunset from the coach window|
I definitely want to go back to Glasgow Cathedral, especially to do a guided tour - although perhaps I'd annoy the tour guide as I'd have a LOT of questions about the building! I also want to go back there with a proper camera to capture some better quality shots of the Cathedral's interior, especially the vaulted ceilings and the stained glass windows.