Oxford – University City

One of the the first places we visited when in England was the beautiful town of Oxford.

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Oxford seems to be one big University.  Shops and other non University buildings seem to have been put around the Uni’s various sections.

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The “Bridge of Sighs” (above) is a bridge that links two parts of the University together (the Old and New Quadrangles of Hertford College (to the south and the north respectively)), and has quite a history.  The name is apparently derived from the similarity of the bridge of the same name in Venice, however it does not in fact look like it.  It looks more like the Rialto Bridge in Venice.  There is a myth that at one stage they closed the bridge due to the students at Hertfords weight – they were the most overweight on the campus – however as the students actually climbed fewer stairs not using the bridge, there is little truth in this myth 🙂

The church of St Michael is another incredible building.

The Tower is nearly 1000 years old, built by the Saxons between 1010A.D to 1040A.D. The Church is one of the earliest in Oxford with parts built in the built in 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries.

The Pitt-Rivers Museum is another must-see (photos above).  We only went in there as the museum we wanted to see was closed, and we were not disappointed.  This is the single largest collection of bizarre cultural artifacts I have ever seen.  The place is literally jam-packed from floor to ceiling relics from lost civilisations.


 

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