St Sophia's, Galston
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A remarkable church, constructed 1885-6 and designed by architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, the church is a distinctive building freely based on Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The church was built at the behest of the third Marquess of Bute, a notable Catholic convert who commissioned Anderson, and possibly Weir Schultz, to bring to Galston this echo of the Byzantine Empire. Built in red brick the church is cruciform in shape with a central round tower topped with a conical roof of red tiles. The interior is cool and calm with white walls and the curving lines of the architecture providing elegant ornamentation.
Sunday 11.30am, Monday 10.00am
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