15 Fun Facts you might not know about Glasgow’s attractions

We've been out and about in Glasgow finding out some fun facts for you about the city's attractions. Here they are:  

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1.  There is more marble in the City Chambers than there is in the whole of the Vatican!

2.  Glasgow Cathedral survived the reformation of 1560 and stands today as the most complete medieval cathedral on the Scottish Mainland.

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3.  The location of the first Glasgow School of Art was on Ingram Street, where the Tinderbox Coffee Shop is now situated.

4.  Tramway is the largest contemporary art space in the UK outside of the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in London.

5.  Seven Turner Prize winners have hailed from, trained in, or worked out of the city in recent years.

6.  Tontine Lane in the City’s Merchant City is the home to Douglas Gordon’s 1996 Turner Prize winning, neon ‘Empire’ sign.

7.  The Britannia Panopticon is the world’s oldest surviving music hall in the world.

8.   The Panoptican was also the first Music Hall to show the can-can!

9.  Glasgow’s oldest ‘comic strip’ can be seen on the walls of the dining room in Holmwood House depicting the story of Achilles.

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10.  House for an Art Lover was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1901 but was not built until 1989 using plans he submitted as part of a competition in German art magazine ‘Zeitschrift Fur Innendekoration’.

11.  The Hunterian Museum houses the world's first-ever ultra sound machine.

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12.  Sir Roger the Elephant is the only artefact that has consistently been in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, he was too big to fit through the doors to be taken out during the refurb.

13.  The IMAX cinema at Glasgow Science Centre was the first IMAX cinema to be built in Scotland.

14.  Glasgow Tower at the Science Centre is the only structure in the world capable of rotating 360 degrees in to prevailing wind and currently holds the Guinness-World-Record for the tallest fully rotating freestanding structure on earth.

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15.  The Tall Ship at Riverside Museum is one of only five Clyde built ships still afloat in the world today and she is the only one of her kind in the UK.  

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