Thursday, December 30, 2010

Oxford - Radcliffe Square ...

... the Old Schools Quadrangle ...
... of the Old Bodleian Library, known to Oxford
scholars as “Bodley” or simply “the Bod”...
source: en.wikipedia.org
   

... detail ...
 ... the south west corner of Radcliffe Square,
looking towards St Mary's ...
     
... a tourist group in front of the Radcliffe Camera,
and Brasenose College alongside ...

  
... The word‭ "‬camera‭" ‬means room in Latin and the
distinctive dome and drum shape of the Radcliffe Camera
holds the main reading room of the Bodleian Library.‭
This is one of the most famous buildings in Oxford ...
source: gouk.about.com
      
...  Radcliffe Camera (between 1737-1749)
by en.wikipedia.org/wiki
... a large circular building with a lofty dome, designed 
by James Gibbs in the English Palladian style ...
      
 ... steeple of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin ...
... the 62m tower dates from circa 1280 ...
... the tower was decorated with spires and pinnacles
in 1315-25 and is considered the best example 
of Decorated Gothic architecture in Oxford ...
source: sacred-destinations.com
   
 ... detail of the magnificent Decorated Gothic spire ...
... at each of the four corners is a pair of pinnacles,
where statues of saints are sheltered under gables
decorated with ball-flowers. Another pinnacle
creeps up the spire behind each pair.
New statues were installed in the spire in 1894;
 the originals can be seen in the cloisters
of New College ...
source: sacred-destinations.com
  
 ... 'The Vaults & Garden Café' sign ...
... in front of the Old Congregation House (1320) 
 ... the University's first administrative centre ...
source: vaultsandgarden.com  
     
... Pure Ice Creams in a Wicked World ...
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by marshfield-icecream.co.uk
... Welcome to Ice cream heaven‭ …
‭... Very vanilla‭ - ‬chocoholic heaven‭ - coffee ripple‭
mint choc chip‭ – blackberry beauty‭ – ‬toffee fudge fiasco‭
diabetic vanilla‭ – ‬banoffee bonanza‭
‬Christmas pudding luxury ice cream ...
   
Radcliffe Square ...
by en.wikipedia.org
... is completely surrounded by historic Oxford  University 
and college buildings. The centrepiece of the square
is the circular and imposing Radcliffe Camera, 
a library (originally for science) ...

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