Oxford - The Bodleian Library, the Divinity School, and Around

The sun was shining gloriously on our trip to Oxford as we wandered through the streets in search of a college or two to visit.  
We steeped in the atmosphere of this old college town as we walked past countless seemingly impenetrable brick facades.

We looked up at the Radcliffe Camera which offers an impressive surroundings for students to study.
We signed up to tour the Divinity School and Bodleian Library.  Photos weren't allowed inside the Bodleian Library.  In fact, students themselves are only allowed to carry in a laptop and pencil in a clear plastic bag.  The Bodleian is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and was established in 1602.  Picture floor to ceiling bookshelves in dark heavy wood punctuated by noble crests.  You can feel the history in the room.

At the divinity school, they were a bit more open about photography so we were able to capture a sense of our impressive surroundings.
We had a chance to step into the hallowed chamber where special occasions were celebrated.
I loved the intricate decorations on wall and ceiling.
Rather uncomfortable looking chairs for the faculty surrounded the wall of the room.
A small room to the side housed the university's court.  Historically, student business and issues were kept out of the local courts and handled here.
We finished our guided tour and stepped outside again into the sun to have a look around.
The Divinity School sits in a series of buildings surrounding an impressive courtyard (this is the blueprint for most of the colleges in Oxford).
This guy scared the bejesus out of me :-)
We strolled through the college toward the main gate.
We spotted the circular concert hall as we made our way back toward the street.
This part of campus was surrounded by a fence featuring huge busts with stern faces.  I was fascinated...
Each one seemed to have its own personality.
A miniature version of the Bridge of Sighs presented itself to us across the street.
Back on the public roads, we admired the buildings of a neighboring college (each college is typically closed to the public or requires you to pay an entry fee to visit).
Onwards to Christ Church College!

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