We began Saturday in the town of Oxford, and Oxford University which has been the home of many famous intellectuals, writers and world leaders for centuries.
Oxford is incredibly beautiful, even through rain hoods and umbrellas. It is the oldest university in the English speaking language and is home to 38 seperate colleges scattered throughout the city. There is actually no documented date for when the university officially began, but records show operation as early as 1060 with rapid development starting in 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.
|A street in Oxford|
|The exterior of Wadham college, founded in 1610. Our tour guide was able to walk us through to the inner quad and gardens.|
|Ivy at Wadham.|
|The interior quad at Wadham. Students actually live here!|
Note the lush green, perfectly trimmed lawn. We were warned very sternly by our tour guide to keep off the grass.
|We heard their choir rehearsing inside the chapel. Just another way I felt transported into a completely different time and place.|
|The architecture and amount of detail were incredible. I had to try and capture it from all angles!|
|The lower figures are Nicholas and Dorothy Wadham who actually never set foot on the campus. Nicholas died before completion and Dorothy was charged with designing and overseeing the building. The top is the King at the time, I believe King James I.|
This gorgeous hall was also the cite for the hospital wing in the first two Harry Potter films, and the dance lesson scene in preparation for the Yule Ball in the fourth.
|Outside the library in the quad there are all of these doors representing (in Latin of course) the original courses for study.|
I then explored further past the library, jaw dropped and camera poised the entire way.
The Radcliffe Camera, in Radcliffe Square, is now home to a reading room of the library.
|University Church of St. Mary the Virgin.|
|Another view of the Camera (a fancy Oxford word for building by the way).|
|The Sheldonian Theatre. The dome at the top was where I captured all the birds eye views of the city.|
|I have had so many books from Oxford University Press, I thought it was neat to see the actual store in Oxford.|