Churchyard Of St Kentigern
Explore the atmospheric Churchyard of St Kentigern, famous for its 8th and 9th century sculptures and connections with St Mungo, founder of Glasgow.
The Old Churchyard of St Kentigern is said to be the site of an 11th century graveyard and a medieval church, and in 1991 the remains of a large 8th century monastery were discovered on the high ground behind the churchyard.
This fascinating cemetery is named after St. Kentigern, also known as St. Mungo who set up a cathedral on the present site of Glasgow, but 10 years later fled the pagan Britons. He returned to Scotland when Rhydderech ap Tudwell became King of Strathclyde and settled at Hoddom. There he remained until it was safe to return to what would become Glasgow.
St Mungo subsequently became the patron saint of Glasgow and in 1993, the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art was opened in Glasgow. Offering a fantastic day of discovery it is the only public museum to examine all the world's major religious faiths, with the aim of promoting understanding and respect between people of different faiths or none.
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