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- St Enoch Square
In Glasgow's early days, the road running east from Glasgow Cross was named St Enoch's Gate and led to a chapel dedicated to St Enoch, the mother of St Mungo, the patron saint of the city. The chapel was demolished during the reformation but as Glasgow expanded, a large square was created and named after St Enoch, with another church in its centre (also now demolished).
The underground (subway) station which now stands in the centre of the square, with its red stonework and turrets, could easily pass for a miniature Jacobean castle which had escaped from the Highlands. When it was built, it was made small so that it would not compete with the church which was still standing at that time. As well as being the entrance to the station, the building also serves as a travel information centre.
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