Govan Old Parish Church

Glasgow, United Kingdom

The current church building in Govan was constructed in 1888, although the site is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Scotland. Unusually, the axis of the church was turned to orientate north-south rather than the traditional east-west orientation, but this allowed the main door to face south to the main street. It is believed that the site's earliest Christian activity began sometime in the 6th century AD. Archaeological excavations in the 1990s uncovered two early Christian burials beneath the foundations of a later church. Despite this early activity, it wasn't until the 9th and 10th centuries that Govan Old rose to prominence.

The church now houses a remarkable collection of early Christian stones, The Govan Stones. They are an unique collection of early medieval stones carved in the 9th – 11th centuries to commemorate the power of those who ruled the Kingdom of Strathclyde. 31 monuments dating from this period include beautifully carved crosses and cross shafts, and 5 magnificent hogback stones.




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Founded: 1888
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Graham White (10 months ago)
I would highly recommend visiting this site with such a rich and ancient history. Scott the tour guide was informative, engaging and brought the story of the "Govan stones" alive. Particularly recommend a visit if interested in Scottish/ Viking / early Christian history all in the setting of beautiful church.
Christina Riordan (2 years ago)
I love the history of Govan Old Parish Church, the dates on lots of the Gravestones are from hundreds of years ago and the ancient stones they have in the Church are just amazing. Its great to go into the Church, its such a beautiful place, makes me so happy we have all this history on our doorstep, I've took my grankids to Open Days in it, they also loved seeing the old stones too. Great place
Brian Firth (2 years ago)
Any one interested in Welsh, Scottish and Viking history should visit this place. It remarkably stood surrounded by ship yards holding on to it's great historical treasures and is now unearthing even more. A church has been here since the fifth century and long may it go on. Make sure you use one of the guides their fantastic.
J Smitty (3 years ago)
Excellent artwork and architecture.This beautiful church on the river in Govan is dedicated to King Constantine a.k.a. Saint Constantine who is also depicted on some of the colorful stained glass windows. It’s mainly known for the carved Celtic and Viking “hogback” stones that came from the ancient cemetery that surrounded the church thousands of years ago. Entry is by donation.
Karine Davison (4 years ago)
Interesting to go round on own , but knowledgeable guides there too . Have been about 3 times and would go back.
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