Mackintosh Queen’s Cross is one of Glasgow’s hidden architectural gems. The only church in the world designed by the great Scottish architect, designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Externally the design is predominately gothic in its approach but Mackintosh incorporated some inventive detailing and carving around the church. He was often inspired by his sketching trips to England and Italy. The tower is closely modelled on a medieval parish church that Mackintosh sketched in 1895, All Saints, Merriott, Somerset, England.
The interior of the church has an eclectic mixture of influences, from pre-reformation English, Gothic and Japanese. Mackintosh manages to create a tranquil oasis for the soul and mind and infuses the building with a warmth and style that is totally unique. The symbolism carved into the various elements of the church can be approached but never fully explained.
The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society is an independent, non-profit making charity, established in 1973 to promote and encourage awareness of the Scottish architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Society has around 1000 members across the world with active affiliate groups arranging local events in, London and the SE, and Japan, and an associate group in Port Vendres. Become a member today!
Tours Sunday @ 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Tour duration: 30 minutes