Harvard Square - Harvard University, Boston
The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library or The Widener Library is the main library in Harvard University. The library was named after Harry Elkins Widener who was a graduate, whose mother donated $3.5 million to built a library under his name after he died in the Titanic disaster.
Built in 1932, the Memorial Church is dedicated to the Harvard soldiers who died in the World Wars I & II. Names of graduates who died in the Korea & Vietnam wars are also written in marble within the church.
The church stands in Harvard Yard opposite Widener Library.
John Harvard was a clergyman and the principal donor of Harvard University. His statue was erected in front of the University Hall but in actual fact, this is not John Harvard's likeness which is partly why the statue is also referred to the "Statue of Three Lies".
Despite what the plaque says, "John Harvard, Founder, 1638",
1) John Harvard wasn't the founder but the the colonial government
2) The school started in 1636, not in 1638
3) There was no portrait of John Harvard so the statue was modeled after a Harvard student
Tourist will touch the statue's feet for good luck but rumor has it that some students have urinated on it!
Who never heard about Harvard university, this is on of the famoust universities in the world and one of the most popular destinations visited in Boston, take a walk in the campus and between its different buildings and don't forgot to see the John Harvard statue.
Harvard Yard is where Harvard University started. Located in Cambridge, Boston.
The Yard consists of many Georgian red brick buildings for Harvard Freshmen dormitories.
Harvard College was founded in 1636 by Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was named after its first benefactor, minister John Harvard of Charlestown who left his library of books and half his estate to this new educational institution that is now world famous.
The statue of John Harvard is often the symbol of attack and target of prankster and grafitti of drunken freshmen or rivals of Harvard of visiting football teams.
While we were in Boston, we crossed over the Charles River to visit Harvard in Cambridge. Harvard offers daily tours in the summer and each day shows hundreds of Harvard hopefuls around the campus. We enjoyed walking around the campus and admiring the red brick buildings with large columns and the shaded common grounds. On these tours you learn interesting facts from the student guides, like some classes at Harvard have only 1 student, while another might have 900 students.
900 students in a class! I can't even imagine it. Sounds like a terrible Spielberg movie.
Harvard University is one of the best universities, if not the best in the world. Its medical and law schools attract the best students from all over the world. I did not qualify to enter Harvard Medical School, but visiting it was well worthwhile and better than nothing. The brick-red university buildings are centered around a tree-lined square. An imposing statue of John Harvard sits in one corner of the square. Walking through Harvard Square, I realised how international the student population was when I heard a variety of accents - American, British, German, French, Japanese, Chinese and even Singaporean!
The Harvard University Orchestra gives performances on a regular basis at the campus grounds. I attended one of their performances on an October evening in 2003 which featured a talented Taiwanese girl playing Chopin's First Piano Concerto. I must say that for an amateur orchestra, it was very polished in its performance.
There are many small eateries and cafes across the road where you can grab a bite or a drink while mingling with the students.
It's hard to feel down in the dumps in Harvard Square. On the day I visited, there was a Chinese street musician, a girl with a guitar who sounded just like Tori Amos and a group of Colombian musicians playing flutes and guitars. Music is everywhere in the Square. I got caught up in the moment and got a dragonfly tatoo (henna). A little Indian girl walked up and showed me the one her granny had done on her arm.
Havard consists of many historical buildings such as the memorial building, the library, mass hall and the famous statue of John Harvard. Aside from all this the most interesting thing was the people watching, there is a calm casual attitude(in the summer) and there are several small cafes to sit outside and enjoy the atmosphere.
The shade-dappled expanse of Harvard Yard -- the very center of Harvard University -- itself exudes peace and gentility, and it's been that way for more than 300 years. Named in 1639 for John Harvard, it remained the only college in the New World until 1693, by which time it was firmly established as a respected center of learning. Although the college dates from the 17th century, the oldest buildings in Harvard Yard are of the 18th century; together the buildings chronicle American architecture from the colonial era to the present. Be aware that campus buildings are increasingly off-limits to the public.
This is like the Boston MEcca for Shopping..it has soo many stores and restarants of every culture, like a little NEw York. It's farther from Boston, that's why people don't mention it that much when compared to Copley Square or Downtown, but it's more cooler.
Copley is stuffy, with alot of rich snobs, and stores to cater to them.
Downtown is mixed, but has a noticable amount of ghetto, hoodlums hanging around the stores, or hoochies walking around. (high school kids or drop outs).
But Harvard Square has mostly decent, middle class, culturally mized, although a noticable white alternative trend is there. But is a must see if you vist Boston, becasue you'll most likely have the most fun there!
I'm a tourist, I know, but Universities are a key place on many comunities, and some are also worth a visit, as it may be a market, or a shopping street: you just realize how local people live. Harvard's campus are not the biggest nor the finest I've ever seen, but have a smooth Cambridge or Oxford (UK) look and feel... for the newest parts.
We had to go visit this famous campus. I loved this building, but we couldn't exactly figure out its purpose. It looks like a church to me, but when we went inside there was a cafeteria and monuments to those who served in the World Wars.
Boston and Cambridge are home to some extremely prestigous universities, as we all know. So keep an eye out for those brilliant and priveledged kids, will ya?
Driving along I saw someone carrying a tuba in the freezing cold. Then another. And another. Hey, look, it's the Harvard marching band! "Play Louie Louie!"
Harvard University is the oldest university in North America founded in 1636. It is also one of the most well-known universities in the country. The campus is located in Cambridge, across the Charles River from Boston. The campus itself is very beautiful and historic.
See my Cambridge travel page for more information.