05 May, 2009

Oxford, a Balance between the Modern and the Medieval


Oxford is famous for being the oldest University City in England as well as having the oldest English speaking university. This city has definitely earned its reputation as being for the students. It now attracts students from all over the world. Oxford’s is known for its Dreaming Spires. This refers to all the medieval and Gothic churches and colleges that can be found all over the city. The combination of architecture and the rolling countryside of Oxfordshire make the area a photographers dream.

Oxford Castle was built in 1071 as a motte and bailey castle. Famous parliamentarian prisoners were held in the Castle during the Civil War. Such prisoners as Edmund Chillenden and John Lilburne were involuntary guests at the Castle. Then, the Castle became a prison in reality, until 1996 when it was closed. Now, it is a hotel, letting people stay where the famous and infamous have lived voluntarily and involuntarily. The castle now has apartments, restaurants, a hotel complex instead of prisoners and guards. There is a heritage center that is worth visiting to find out about the unusual history of the castle.

Christ Church was created as Cardinal College. It is one of the largest University of Oxford colleges and the Cathedral Church for the Dioceses of Oxford. It was also used as a filming location for the first Harry Potter movie. The Christ Church Meadows is one of the better places to relax and enjoy the view of the city.

Ashmolean Museum is one of the oldest museums around. It opened its doors 24th May 1683. The museum is undergoing a change in buildings and will not be open until November 2009. People are being given a chance to be part of Ashmolean Museum’s history for £50. Their name or a dedication will be inscribed on the Benefactors Bridge. The bridge links the galleries at the heart of the Ashmolean Museum’s new building. What an interesting opportunity to tie in the past, present and future.

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