- City Chambers (2)

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The second-floor windows are decorated with eleven sculptures of the city`s trades and industries which can be identified by the tools, equipment and symbols included with the figures. The third floor has eight statues; the archtitect`s description is that these `sculptured figures on the pedestals over the columns represent Hygeia [the Greek goddess of Health], Harmony, Piety, Peace, Plenty, Prosperity, etc.`

Domed cupolas are at the building`s corners and also on top of the tall central tower which rises high above George Square. This central tower has figures representing the four seasons and on top of its cupola is a gilded orb and cross.

Many of the sculptures on the exterior show off the talents of Glasgow`s best-known sculptor John G. Mossman.

Further details about the building can be found in "The Glasgow Guide".

This article is based on the guidebook "The Glasgow Guide".

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The imposing pediment at the top of the City Chambers shows Queen Victoria, sitting on a throne and attended by lions and figures representing England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and other countries of the British Empire. Above that is Truth (holding a torch) with Riches and Honour by her side.

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