Queen's Cross Church in the Maryhill area of Glasgow was the only church to be built from plans by Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and is a church like no other.
It was built between 1897 and 1899, at the same time as the first stage of Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art.
The Queen's Cross commission came from the Free Church, who wanted a plain design, but Mackintosh included subtle carvings of nature and brought together a wide range of influences including Japanese, pre-Reformation English and Gothic. Particularly notable are the pulpit, with its carving of a bird protecting a young seedling, possibly derived from the Parable of the Sower, and the stained-glass window, with its clever use of vibrant blues and purples.
Overall, everything is very low-key and there is no religious symbolism in the church.
Mackintosh spent a lot of time in England on sketching trips, and was interested in the Gothic revival south of the border. The tower for Queen's Cross had been sketched a year or so before he started work on the project, and was modelled on a mediaeval church in Merriot in Somerset.
The building closed as a church in the 1970s, but is now the headquarters of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society. People make pilgrimages to Queen's Cross Church from all around the world and are never disappointed.