Paisley is the largest town in the historic county of Renfrewshire in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. The town is situated on the northern edge of the Gleniffer Braes, straddling the banks of the White Cart Water, a tributary of the River Clyde. The town, a former burgh, forms part of a contiguous urban area with Glasgow, Glasgow City Centre being 6.9 miles to the east.
One of the town's most striking landmarks is the twelfth century Paisley Abbey, which offers an interesting combination of architectural styles reflecting its constant reconstructions over the centuries since its creation. Parts of the nave and main doorway were built in Norman style, yet the bulk of the building is more Gothic in nature, with many fine ornate details such as decorative columns and stained glass windows.
Another of the town's impressive religious buildings is the Thomas Coats Memorial Church which was built in the late nineteenth century in Gothic style, boasting beautiful mosaic floors and fine wood carvings and whose sixty metre spire dominates Paisley's skyline.
Paisley is home to Scottish Premier League football club St Mirren, named after the town's patron saint, whose small yet atmospheric stadium is full to capacity throughout the football season.
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