Oxford has been one of my favorite trips thus far, so I was looking forward to visiting Cambridge, another equally prestigious and infamous university. First off, our tour guide made it very clear that the "other college" (Oxford) was far inferior and not to be mentioned. I thought OSU and U of O had a rivalry, but this far exceeds ducks versus beavers...by some hundreds of years!
The official records cite Cambridge University as beginning around 1200, which keeps it just behind Oxford as the oldest university in Western Europe, much to the chagrin of Cambridge fans. There are 31 colleges in the Universtiy with just over 20,000 undergraduate and post graduate students.
We started the day with a tour around the town and into King's College and Chapel.
|I can't get enough of old buildings' brick, doors and windows.|
|The barbed wire on the bottom was put in place to enforce the students' strict curfew. This didn't really work however, because students created a Night Climbers club, and actually published a book of their adventures!|
|Cambridge has a rich science history, including the discovery of the electron!|
|The Eagle pub and inn dates back to the 14th Century and was a popular place for scientists and academics to take a break.|
|The Corpus Clock at Corpus Christi. It's a little hard to see through the glare of the glass but it's a grasshopper that moves along the gold wheel to keep time.|
|Outside on the way into King's College|
|Little shops across the lawn from King's College. The grass was pristine and once again we were warned to keep off ;)|
The College was originally founded by Henry VI in 1441 and the Chapel was completed by subsequent kings, Richard III and Henry VII after Henry VI's murder in 1471. He wanted the chapel to be simply decorated, an aesthetic that was clearly not followed through with. Just look at the ornate stained glass!
|The painting at the alter is a Rubens from 1641 "Adoration of the Magi"|
Have I mentioned how much I love colleges and English towns?!
|Outside Clare College.|
|I thought I should include a photo of the cobblestone streets I have been walking on for most of these trips!|
|This is the Senate House, where official college meetings are now held.|
|Queens' College with the Mathematical Bridge, which was originally constructed by math students with only wooden pegs instead of metal screws or nails.|
|Karina and I, soaking up the sun!|
|Bridge of Sighs.|
|Queens' College again and fellow punters.|