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Necropolis, Glasgow

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Why Do the Dead Get the Best View?

I guess it says a lot about Glasgow that one of its nicest places to be is a graveyard, but I'll let you decide for yourselves exactly what it says. Glasgow necropolis is on the edge of the city centre, just past the cathedral, and actually only about a ten minute walk from Buchanan Street. There are three things that make it unexpectedly pleasant to visit - first and foremost, it's one of the city's most peaceful spots. Second, it's situated on a hill and as such makes it one of the few really good viewing spots in the whole city and more or less the only one in that part of it. Thirdly, the graves are actually really beautiful. The necropolis belongs to Glasgow's thriving days as a major imperial port city and great centre of commerce - the same era which created the Merchant City and all the nicest (non-MacIntosh) architecture. These aren't just graves, these are rich people's graves that were built when people took things like gravestones seriously. Some of them are quite flamboyant and unjustifiably huge, but they're all different and give the place a weird timeless feeling.

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