Govan Old Parish Church, Glasgow

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Govan Old Parish Church was a parish church in the Church of Scotland, serving Govan in Glasgow. It was also known as "St Constantine's". Since 2007, the congregation has become part of Govan and Linthouse Parish. Govan Old Church is no longer used for regular Sunday services, but the building remains open and is used for occasional services, including midweek services. The dedication is to Saint Constantine of Strathclyde whose shrine at Govan is still in existence.Creation of the SiteIt is believed that the earliest Christian origins of the Govan region emerged in the 6th century, but the Govan Church rose to prominence in the 9th and 10th centuries. The local rulers of Strathclyde became allied with the English, Scots, and Northumbrians to defend themselves from Viking raids. Their central fortification, Dumbarton Rock, was attacked in 890, resulting in the movement of the seat of power to Govan. This led to the establishment of the church site across the river from the royal estate at Partick. There is evidence of these royal associations in the graveyard, which is unusually large for the area and time period and suggests that the site was created by many wealthy landowners. Because the site has been in continual use since this first establishment, it is impossible to tell what the original church looked like, but it is clear from a lack of change to the site of the graveyard that the burial ground always had Christian associations.BuildingGovan Old Parish Church is an ornate, Category A listed building of significant architectural merit, designed by Robert Rowand Anderson and influenced by features at Pluscarden Abbey near Elgin. Govan has, however, known considerable socio-economic problems and has been severely affected by the decline in the shipbuilding industry.
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  • This little place is hard to find but it is really worth the effort to find it. Sitting off the street behind some buildings this out of the way church with its wonderful graveyard has some of the mos...  more »
  • Fabulous visit here with some friends from California on the 29th September. This really is a hidden gem In the heart of a once industrial area of Glasgow. Apart from some magnificent stained glass wi...  more »
  • Wouldn't have been aware of the stones' existence had it not been for a leaflet in our hotel, which apparently was something the church started doing earlier this year. Lovely old church with some int...  more »
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  • A hidden gem. Typical Victorian church with relatively modern but elaborate stained glass windows. Main attraction is the Viking sarcophagi found nearby. Background info on display or from volunteers. Only opens after 1 o'clock. Handy for picturesque tiny free Govan Ferry that goes to Riverside Museum. Graveyard also worth wandering round. Close to buses and Underground station, and local Govan worthies.
  • Govan Old Church the history of this location is intersting in early days it was the Kingdon of Strathclyde. was powerhouse for Kings of Strathclyde. The church has 31 monuments dating back from Celtic & Viking days. Creat collection of early Viking hogback stones also outsting coeection of early celtic carvings, The Church is open 7 days frim 1st April to 31 October from 1pm -4pm, Guided tours are available & small gift shop at location. The Church is within easy access from Goavn subway station also bus stop and parking near by. worth a visit.
  • Remarkable collection of 9th-11th century standing stones and viking hogbacks.
  • A world-class collection of beautifully-presented Early Medieval stone sculpture set within a churchyard that, almost incredibly, seems to preserve its original ancient shape.
  • Very nice a pleasent
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