Beautiful Heritage Buildings in Oxford
Oxford is known for its rich past and for its architectural beauty. All over the city you are bound to see beautiful structures with the distinctive golden stone that has come to define the city. From the famed medieval buildings to the the beautiful churches and libraries, this compact city centre is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. In this blog, we round up some of our favourites.
One of the the most outstandingly beautiful Oxford college buildings despite virtually all of Oxford’s beautiful colleges being renowned for their incredible architecture, Christ Church, founded in 1524, is possibly the most famous owing to its many appearances in film and television. The sight of Tom Tower as the buildings entranceway is affectionately known, will be recognisable to anyone who has seen the likes of The Golden Compass or Brideshead Revisited on the big screen, while its incredible dining hall has been immortalised as none other than the Hogwarts Great Hall in the popular series of Harry Potter films.
The Bridge of Sighs
Despite not necessarily being a building as such, no discussion of Oxford’s architecture would feel complete without some mention of the Bridge of Sighs. Finished in 1914, the Bridge of Sighs is based right across from the entrance to the Bodleian Library, and connects two parts of Hertford College (once the college of Brideshead Revisited author Evelyn Waugh). Famous for its similarity to the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, though not actually modelled on it, this one is a little more ornate and provides a popular photo opportunity for tourists, who pose on New College Lane beneath it.
The Holywell Music Room
This building is rumoured to be the oldest purpose-built music room in Europe, the Holywell Music Room was built in 1748 by the Vice-Principal of St Edmund Hall, Dr Thomas Camplin. Based on Holywell Street, it’s part of nearby Wadham College, and has been the location for performances from plenty of famous musical figures, one of the most famous being the composer Haydn. There are lots of free concerts held here throughout the year, making it a popular destination with fans of the classical genre.
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