George Square (named after King George III) is consider to be the centre of Glasgow City, though Blythswood Square is the true centre - geographically. It is one of the busiest areas of Glasgow city and is a hotspot for tourists and frequently hosts events, such as: musical performances, ice skating (in the winter), public demonstrations, parades, hogmanay celebrations, and occassionally artistic works projected onto the city chambers.
It has also been known to host the odd riot (CO does not advocate geocaching during riots ;-) ) and was the site of the 1919 Black Friday Rally, when violence escalated during a campaign for imprived working conditions and led to fully armed troops and tanks being deployed in the square. More recently, troops were again deployed in the square in 2011, though this time for filming of the zombie film World War Z for which the square was dressed to resemble Philidelphia (troops were actors).
It hosts an impressive collection of statues, including Queen Victoria, Lord Clyde, Sir John Moore, Robert Burns and James Watt, among others, and the first ever memorial dedicated to Sir Walter Scott.
when first laid out in 1781 the square was used for slaughtering horses. Over the next century the square became surrounded by town houses, for which the square became a private garden. It became a public space following general objection from the city's populace and mobs that pulled down the surrounding railings.
The square is a great place for a break from shopping on a nice day, for a picnic lunch or just a spot of people watching, and of course a bit of geo-caching ;)
Congratulations (for the third time today!) to AdamGiles on another FTF. A productive caching day for you :)