Pictured here is a view of Glasgow City Chambers on Georges Square in the heart of Glasgow city, Scotland.
The square was laid out 1781 and is home to a fine collection of statues and monuments, including those remembering Robert Burns, Robert Peel, James Watt, Sir Walter Scott and others. Generally, this is regarded as the very center of the city, although its geographical center is app 1KM away.
The square came about as part of a design conforming to Georgian grid plan which led from Buchanan street to Stockwell street and this was considered to be an influence of the Scottish Enlightenment, a period of time when the country was known for its vast amount of intellectual and scientific achievements.
The column pictured in the center of the shot is home to a statue remembering Sir Robert Scott, and was the first memorial ever dedicated to him. John Greenshields designed the statue while the impressive column was designed by Alexander Ritchie.
The square itself is dominated by impressive works of architecture. On the east side, and visible here is the Glasgow City Chambers which dates back to 1888. On the south of the square are the general post office from 1878 and a beautiful office building in the Chicago style. On the north is Queen Street Station, the Millennium Hotel from 1840. One of the most beautiful memorials here is the city's cenotaph on the eastern side of the square, which was built to commemorate people from Glasgow who died in World War One.
The square certainly feels like the heart of the city, and through the years has born witness to riots, protests, gatherings, demonstrations, Christmas fairs, ceremonies, parades, concerts and much more. On the evening I was here, the square was bustling with life, kids on skateboards, families enjoying the sun and a great sense of fun in this beautiful shared urban space.
Thanks for looking!
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photographer_sg (3001) 2014-06-07 12:21
excellent presentation of the imposing column and the building in the background with superb architectural details. Surely a place that has seen many twists and turns of history through the centuries. The vivid blue sky is a perfect backdrop. Your note is both interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
mesutilgim (80112) 2014-06-07 12:23
Hello dear Noel,
Another topclass capture in your gallery !
Very good pov and perfect symmetry.
Many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
lousat (72425) 2014-06-07 16:01
Hi Noel,what a spectacular postcard! Absolutely perfect,caught in the best moment with the best light,great detail and a great contrast between the facades and the blue sky,i like it...a lot! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
imageme (1532) 2014-06-07 19:25
Hi Noel, Very helpful and detail article on this square. The imposed column in the middle has a great effect to the architecture in the BG.....missing either one will make this picture incomplete. Beautiful colours and light with details. The people are adding extra life to the frame. Best regards
emka (73379) 2014-06-07 23:45
Hello Noel, I thought in a first moment that you went to Scotland but it is archive photo. I was also in Glasgow in 2011 :). Excellent presentation of the main square. You were very careful that the column is perfectly in the middle of the city hall behind it. You were lucky with the weather, what a blue sky! Nice street scenes below. Superb presentation.
WArm regrads MAlgo
jjcordier (73330) 2014-06-07 23:48
Un cadrage très original où la colonne semble se fondre dans l'impressionnant bâtiment en arrière-plan.
Tigerlily (2941) 2014-06-08 1:22
Beautiful clarity and POV.. the sky is really blue...A wonderful record.
carlo62 (27766) 2014-06-08 1:34
una foto perfettamente centrata, dove la differenza tra la statua e la bella architettura dello sfondo, si risolve nella differenza tra i colori della pietra.
Il magnifico, forse raro, cielo blu, contrasta splendidamente con tutto il resto.
Bello vedere tante persone che animano la scena.
cornejo (28111) 2014-06-08 2:26
Hi Noel, very good picture with perfect symmetry of this interesting place with an imposing building, very well captured in this beautiful image with good framing, sharpness, beautiful light, color and quality. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good morning and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
timecapturer (45289) 2014-06-08 3:19
perfect symmetry here. A clear blue sky, now that is a novelty, but saying that it is just like that here at the moment! I have never been to Glasgow and I have to say images on TE are quite rare too, so this is a compelling and marvellous shot. Superbly creative composition with clarity and detailing, that make this wonderful mix of architectural elegance stand out so powerfully. Like it!
Have a great Sunday - B.
Heading for the beach, a cool beer has my name on it :-)
mirosu (12558) 2014-06-08 5:41
Woe, you are moving from Ireland to Scotland? Definitely you have started with fabulous photo. Excellent view to beautiful building.
I like very much how balanced and elegant this composition looks as you have employed the elements that define the scenery, the colours and the perspectives in an excellent way.
We get a great idea of this Glasgow City Chambers and the lively Georges Square. The depth and clarity are superb. Apart from that, even beyond the physical description, the picture is a delight to look at for its beautiful light and bright contrasting colours.
Very well done.
photoray (10227) 2014-06-08 6:48
The Glasgow City Chambers architecture is very impressive, a blend of historical styles, with clever use of arches and the dominating dome towers.
I suspect granite composition?
And I would enjoy strolling around joining the people in the environment.
Thanks for sharing,
Didi (55103) 2014-06-08 9:02
Very good symetryc composition with interesting compressed perspective of the column
Fis2 (82006) 2014-06-08 10:37
Interesting column and building.
Curious POV and composition.
Have a nice evening
abmdsudi (39696) 2014-06-09 15:54
An excellent documentary image showing some wonderful architecture of this grand building, really huge for sure that certainly catches the eye and looks a very busy place. Lovely detail, good dead straight on angle, well exposed plus the colour is stunning in that light. How refreshing to parts of a city and a real rarity, imho, a clear deep blue sky, but just love the rich heritage in architecture!!
Great capture and tx for sharing, Congrats
omid266 (3290) 2014-06-09 21:24
another marvellous , eye-catching shot hunted and captured with you ,
very very nice POV, nice view , splendid light and colours,
and the memories about Robert Peel, James Watt, Sir Walter Scott that we read about them at school ,
very interesting :)
All the BEST and Thanks!
nikkitta (13316) 2014-06-10 12:10
Interesting informative note about the central , no so central, square and column
Perfect symmetric capture with lot of people enjoying the place
Good contrast with the sky, like its view through the high domes
macjake (52232) 2014-06-11 14:59
now thats a perfectly centered and framed shot.
equal on both sides, and the middle clearly defined.
one could tell there's lots of history even just by the subjects alone. Good for you to note the important figures in the note.
these popular city squares often are the meet up areas, for rallies, riots, parades etc...so i'm sure its the same here throughout Glasgow's history and future.
too bad there aren't any large puffy popcorn clouds lol, but what can you do right?
excellent subject, and i like the up-front-center or in-your-face kind of compo. looks good.
see you around
jhm (135274) 2014-06-12 3:14
You shows these picture of Glasgow City Chambers on Georges Square in the heart of Glasgow city, on a wonderful way.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture very well, also nice architecture picture.
Your panorama picture is nice and very attractive.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
delpeoples (52529) 2014-06-13 19:09
Ciao dear Noel
Pre-Script: I have a photo of this same building and I always thought it was sh*te. Now I see your photo which proves beyond all argument that mine was in fact sh*te.
Note: This is really beautiful. I love the rich colours, the warm light and blue skies - something that makes me doubt that this is really Glasgow ;) Stunning definition and well done including the people as you have, who are dwarfed by this magnificent edifice. The architecture is remarkable and makes me a little nostalgic for this fine city, one of my favourites. Did you ever get to Glasgow Uni? The cloisters there are a photographer's dream.
Thanks for sharing this, och aye Jimmy. If it wasn't noontime, I'd be off to have a wee dram in honour of this one.
fds (7330) 2014-06-15 12:57
hi noel very beautiful postcard from Glasgow with very interested buildings and great obelisque under the fantastic blu sky
great schot dear irisch friend