Glasgow Cathedral is one of the most impressive buildings in Scotland, being the only mainland cathedral to survive the Reformation, but it will hold extra meaning to Outlander fans.
Over its six seasons, Outlander has been been filmed all over Scotland, from the atmospheric Culloden Battlefield to the unsettling Devil’s Pulpit.
Fans of the show looking to explore locations where it has been shot are spoilt for choice. Among the more well-known spots, though, is Glasgow Cathedral.
The medieval cathedral is the oldest in mainland Scotland and the oldest building in Glasgow. Viewers seeing the interior of the church will instantly recognise it from Outlander’s second season.
The cathedral’s crypt was used as a stand-in for L’Hopital des Anges in Paris. Although the Military Church of St. John of Nepomuk was used for the exterior shots of the fictional hospital, the interior scenes were all filmed in the Glasgow crypt.
In the series, Claire spends time at the hospital as both a nurse and a patient. Viewers will no doubt remember the harrowing seventh episode of the season, in which she experiences pains related to her pregnancy.
Glasgow Cathedral will undoubtedly hold extra meaning to Outlander fans, but it is worth visiting even if you have never seen the series. Its stunning architecture and fascinating history make it one of the top sights in Glasgow.
The cathedral, which was consecrated in 1136, is dedicated to the founder and patron saint of Glasgow, Saint Mungo, whose tomb is located in the crypt. Most of the building today dates back to the 13th century, with the first cathedral believed to have been severely damaged by fire sometime before.
Along with St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney, it is the only cathedral in Scotland to have survived the Reformation mostly intact. It is one of the most stunning examples of Scottish Gothic architecture still standing in the country.
Glasgow Cathedral is also closely tied to the history of Glasgow University, as classes were held within its chapter house following the foundation of the university in 1451.
Today, the cathedral is managed by Historic Environment Scotland, and is open to the public seven days a week. Admission is free, though visitors can make a donation to Historic Environment Scotland towards the upkeep of the building.
There are regular morning services at 11am each Sunday, which are free to attend. The Volunteer Guides of Glasgow Cathedral also offer guided tours of the Cathedral to visitors.