Eye Spy Glasgow: The glories of our city church buildings

This column has occasionally touched on examples of history and architecture to be found in the city's pubs.

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And why not - after all there's nothing better than a deep appreciation of things over a couple of pints.

But perhaps before you hit the pub, it might just be worth stepping inside one of the many other buildings where impressive architecture is on show.

I'm thinking of Glasgow's churches, many of which are stunning and most of which we take for granted.

For the most part, they are appreciated only by regular church-goers.

But at next month's Doors Open Day it is worth popping in to at least one to check out the interior.

And you could do a lot worse than choosing St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Great Western Road.

It is one of two striking church buildings between the River Kelvin and St George's Cross - the other is Lansdowne Church.

St Mary's looks pretty good from the outside - but the interior is magnificent.

The crowning glory is the series of ceiling and wall paintings which depict the Virgin Mary, the Holy Trinity and angels.

The paintings were the work of American artist Gwyneth Leech.

St Mary's, with its near 200ft spire, was opened in 1871 and was the work of renowned architect Sir George Gilbert Scott.

Part of the original design was a series of 18 stained glass windows and a number of contributions from other noted architects, including Glasgow's John Mossman.

Churches can tell us a lot about the history of our city - and they can reveal some hidden beauty.

Doors Open Day runs in Glasgow from September 15 to 21.

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