Then, I managed to capture a view of The Radcliffe Camera.
It is a spectacular looking circular library built in 1748 in the Palladian style.
it is also part of the university library; NOT OPENED TO THE PUBLIC !
'Camera' is in Italian, in English it means 'room'.
Now, we can see a better view of The All Souls College, just on the right of The Church of St. Mary.
Founded in 1438 as a centre of prayer & learning; 'The Souls' by its name refer to the demised soldiers of Hundred Years' War...
Oxford Centre For Islamic Studies is located just across Debenhams on George Street, Regular seminars and lectures are held at the Centre on different aspects of Islam and the Islamic world
George Street, Oxford OX1 2AR
Tel 01865 278730
Fax 01865 248942
Fondest memory: The news site is undergoing on the new location, just about 5 minutes from the previous. I've seen the construction work and let me tell you it's gonna be a very huge and wondeful centre!
Many tourists visit Oxford, yet never see some of the beautiful colleges. This is not entirely their fault, as the colleges can have strange opening hours, charge admission fees, or not admit visitors at all. (There are ways around this - see my warning tip on how to get admission to practically all colleges for free at any time!)
One of my favourite things about these colleges is their layouts. The colleges, particularly the elder ones, are composed of one or more quads A quad typically contains a 'don't-walk-on-the-grass' front lawn, surrounded by a mixture of student's residences, a chapel, dining hall, college offices, Junior Common Room, Senior Common Room and student bar.
The historic heart of the University lies on Catte Street - which links High Street to Broad Street - and Radcliffe Square. This is my favourite part of Oxford and the walk along Catte Street takes you past the Bridge of Sighs, Hertford College, the Radcliffe Camera (pictured), the Bodleian library, All Souls College and the Sheldonian Theatre.
With so much on offer here, Radcliffe Square, not surprisingly, is often busy with tourists and tour groups. To really appreciate the atmosphere here, I would advise visiting in the early evening or early on a Sunday morning.
3 important colleges in Oxford University are:
1) Christ Church College: Grandest of all Oxford colleges. Founded by Cardinal Wolsey & refounded by Henry VIII in 1546. If you've spare time, check out England's smallest catheral, the Christ Church Cathedral, from the cloisters.
2) Merton College: 250 undergraduates & 140 postgraduate members. It claims to be the oldest of the Oxford colleges (founded in AD1264 by Walter de Merton, Bishop of Rochester). It has a reputation for high academic achievement. Notable Mertonians from the past include William Harvey (discoverer of the circulation of blood) and in recent years, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan.
3) Magdalen College: One of the richest colleges in Oxford with the most extensive & beautiful grounds. Founded in 1458 by William of Waynflete, the Bishop of Winchester. One interesting tradition still practised today is that the college choir ushers in May Day with a hymn at 6 am! Former students include Oscar Wilde & Dudley Moore.
To read more about Christ Church College, please proceed to Chch.ox.ac.uk.
To read more about Merton College, please proceed to Merton.ox.ac.uk.
To read more about Magdalen College, please proceed to Magd.ox.ac.uk.
Fondest memory: College days! I missed those days! There's something to be said when one is hopeful about the world & feeling invincible. Within the gates or compounds of the university, one tends to feel aspiring & all dreams abound. Try to go back to the university once in a while & you'll know what I mean.
visit Trinity College, Oxford University.
Fondest memory: You can find Trinity College at Broad Street.
Open: 10.30AM - 12 Noon; 2PM - 4PM daily.
MERTON is one of the smaller Oxford colleges here and claims to be the oldest of them all. Hm... Founded in 1264 by Walter de Merton, the then-Bishop of Rochester, it has a reputation for high academic achievement, having come top of the (now unofficial) Norrington Table many times in recent years.
On a lighter note, Merton College also has a reputation for good food... which is generally considered to be true! Hey, that's what my guide-book stated. Any ex-Merton college grads out there in cyberspace?
Their Address: Merton Street.
Open: Monday to Friday 2PM - 4PM.
Saturday and Sunday 10AM - 4PM.
Oxford is renowned as one of England's two great university towns (the other town being CAMBRIDGE, in case you're wondering...), steeped in history and tradition.
The University is NOT a campus but a collection of 36 colleges and 5 halls scattered around the city center.... alongside the many shops and buildings. I hadn't realized this until we toured around Oxford!
Today, Oxford University accounts for almost 15,000 of the City's total population of 115,000 people! :-)
Favorite thing: No trip to Oxford would be complete without touring some of the colleges. Each college is a self-sustaining unit, I believe, and each has a particular history associated with it. If I were really cool, I'd know more about the histories, but I can tell you this much: What you see here is Christ Church College, established in the 16th century under Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII. Among its more famous alumni is Lewis Carroll, he of Alice in Wonderland fame. That's one thing that Oxford has supplied in rather large quantity: fantasy authors. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien also studied and taught at Oxford. There's something about these hallowed halls that make professors think of other worlds...
Favorite thing: Bridge of Sighs: Connects 2 halves of Hertford College across New College Lane. Looks familiar? Yes! It's a (1914) copy of the famous bridge in Venice!