Oxford city of dreaming in england
Oxford the city of dreaming spires is a living museum, with beautiful buildings oozing charm and a distinguished past. A city of remarkable beauty and stunning contrast, home to the academic elite, not only of Great Britain, but of the entire world. Here we stayed as guests for 3 full days at St. Hilda’s College, and I was lucky to have the best room accommodation, overlooking its lovely gardens and the charming river Cherwell.
EF Oxford, England – UK
Oxford’s first colleges were built in the 13th century, with residences for lecturers and their students. Lecturers were not allowed to marry until 1877, and women were not admitted to the university until a year later. Even then, it took another 42 years before women would be granted a degree for their four years of hard study. The largest and grandest of all of Oxford’s colleges, Christ Church, is also its most famous cathedral. Tourists flock here to see not only the magnificent buildings, but to be a witness to its illustrious history and latter-day fame as a location for the Harry Potter films. It boasts of such luminaries among its alumni as Albert Einstein, philosopher John Locke, poet WH Auden, Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), and 13 British prime ministers.
Right in the city center are located Oxford’s Bodleian Library (one of the oldest public libraries in the world, and as a copyright library, holds 8 million items on 118 miles of shelving and has seating capacity for 2500 readers) and Radcliffe Camera, just south of the Bodleian library, the quintessential Oxford landmark, and one of the city’s most photographed buildings.
A 13th-century chapel and the oldest medieval library in use are found in Merton College (founded in 1264). It is said that Professor JRR Tolkien spent many hours here while writing The Lord of the Rings. Other literary giants associated with the college include TS. Eliot.