Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. It is also the UK’s largest retail center after London. The city is situated on the River Clyde in the country's west central lowlands.
From the 18th century Glasgow became one of Europe's main hubs of transatlantic trade with the Americas and was known as the "Second City of the British Empire" for much of the Victorian era.
Glasgow is now considered to be one of Europe’s top 20 financial centers and is home to many of Scotland’s leading businesses. In addition, it is considered as Scotland’s foremost cultural center, and home to the Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Scottish Ballet. 'Glasgow' means 'dear green place', which is testament to the fact that Glasgow has over 70 parks and open spaces, more than any other city its size.
Many of them contain some of the city’s main galleries and attractions, facilities for recreational activities, and many fine examples of Victorian sculpture. Famous sights in Glasgow include the Cathedral of St. Mungo which dates back to the mid 13th Century, the Burrell Collection, which contains an unprecedented collection of artwork dating back from the Neolithic era, and George Square, located at the heart of the Victorian city center, where twelve statues of famous men and women survey the bustling scene.
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