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There is an old Glasgow saying, inferring that the locals are unable to appreciate the city’s architecture because they are too busy looking at the floor for money – a reference to the legendary frugality of the Scottish race! However true this may or may not be, there are certainly many grand buildings to appreciate in the Merchant City – among them Glasgow Savings Bank. Though it is now occupied by a retail operation, this was once the headquarters of the bank. Built to a Baroque-inspired design in the 1890s by the architect JJ Burnet, the building features statues designed by George Frampton – including one of St Mungo, patron saint of Glasgow, above the doorway.

Find out more about St Mungo on our Glasgow tour. Click here for more information