The St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art is a modern museum, the first in the world to celebrate all the world’s religions. It is named after St Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow, who introduced Christianity to Scotland in the sixth century. The building that houses the museum is set within the heart of medieval Glasgow and was designed by Ian Begg in 1989. It was designed in the Scottish baronial style reflecting the architecture of the perimeter walls of the medieval castle of the Bishops of Glasgow that previously stood on that site. The museum contains a variety of permanent displays, objects and works of art, which explore the importance of religion in people’s lives across the globe. There is a 1600s Islamic prayer rug, a Chinese dragon robe used in the film The Last Emperor (1987), and many stained glass windows. There are also temporary exhibitions and talks exploring religion in Scotland today. The museum has Britain’s first purpose built Zen garden outside its café.
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