A self-guided tour of Oxford. It was tricky getting selfies with a tripod and an SLR.
Arriving at the Station
Looking for Queen Street and the Carfax Tower..
An MJ performance….the bloke did a good job at gathering the crowds with his crotch-grabbing moves…cool move! i was really hungry at this time so i didn’t finish the guy’s performance…went inside McDo to have a big mac…
Ah Carfax tower, at last. It was staring me in the face and I had to ask a man in uniform if that was it…Carfax tower is a remnant of the 14th century church of St. Martin and derives its name from the Latin ‘quadrifurcus’ meaning four-forked. This is the center of Oxford, the point where the four main roads meet. Climbing 99 steps, there is a good panoramic view over the whole university and central city.
Museum dedicated to the history of the city…collection of social history displayed over two floors.
Christ Church is Oxford University’s largest college…Many of the scenes in the Harry Potter feature films are shot in various locations of the College. This continues Christ Church’s long association with children’s literature – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland were inspired and written here by Lewis Carroll, who lived in this college all his life (as student and professor). The Great Hall in Harry Potter was replicated in the film studios to create Hogwart’s Hall. . As Harry and the new first-years enter Hogwarts they are greeted by Professor McGonagall. This scene was shot on the 16th century staircase which leads up to the Great Hall. The cloisters in Christ Church were first built 1000 years ago. This ancient vintage made them the ideal setting for various scenes. It is here that Harry is shown the trophy his father won as a seeker in Quidditch.
The main quadrangle is Tom Quad. One of its gateway is Sir Chritopher Wren’s (siya na naman?) “Tom Tower” from which the Great Tom bell still rings evening curfew for Christ Church undergraduates – although they ignore it these days.
A misnomer…often referred to the Bridge of Sighs because of its supposed similarity to the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Hertford Bridge, however, was never intended to be a replica of the bridge of sighs.
Bodleian Library. The library receives a copy of every book published in the UK…rarities among its more than 6 million books and manuscripts are on display in the fan-vaulted, 15th centry Divinity School – the university’s oldest lecture room…
Radcliffe Camera – I never could figure out why it was named such…This is an eccentric circular building built between 1737 and 1749, used as a university reading room.