-the nineteenth century

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The nineteenth century was also a time when many fine churches were built; a number were French-influenced, though Greek and Italian influences can be clearly seen in other delightful buildings. The churches were often treated as works of art in themselves and their towers and spires were always prominent in contemporary pictures of the urban landscape; indeed, they are still important landmarks around the city, especially on or near Great Western Road and on the northern side of Queen`s Park. A number of these churches were lost in the twentieth century but some of the survivors are particularly outstanding, especially Alexander Thomson`s St Vincent Street Free Church of Scotland (see picture) (1857-9).

Other important (and exceptionally varied) examples from the second half of the century are Dowanhill Church (1865-6) on Hyndland Road, Barony Parish Church (1886-9) at the top of High Street and Charles Rennie Mackintosh`s Queen`s Cross Church (1897-9) on Garscube Road.

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

St Vincent Street Free Church of Scotland has only recently been recognised as one of Scotland`s finest buildings; indeed, it is now achieving international recognition. This view of the spire shows how Thomson integrated many different styles into one monumental structure.
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