Oxford - Christ Church College and a Reminder of Hogwarts

We made our way through the streets of Oxford to Christ Church College.  Christ Church is famous for two reasons.  1) It's one of the most prestigious colleges at Oxford 2) the dining room from Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies was inspired by the dining hall at Christ Church.

A lot of others had a similar idea to visit - there was quite a crowd on this sunny winter's day.
We walked through an imposing gate onto the grounds of the college which is surrounded by a lush green park.
Despite the very serious and solid exterior, we could see signs of modern student life hanging in the windows of the dorms.
We paid our entrance fee and were admitted into the inner sanctum of the college.
A lovely small courtyard greeted us.
The architecture was quite imposing.
Our first stop was the famous dining room of Harry Potter fame.  We stopped to admire the hallway on the way in.
We had no choice in doing this as the queue was quite long ;-)  I wonder how many people visited this place B.H.P. (Before Harry Potter).
After about a 10 minute wait, we were ushered into the dining room snaking among the tables and vying for position among the continuous flow of people.
Portraits of famous members of the college spanning a period of several hundred years lined the walls.
The tables were all set for dinner. The dining hall is actively in use by the students of the college during mealtime.  I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to go to a school that is a serious tourist attraction...
Pomp and circumstance ruled the hall with intricate decorations and hallowed crests spaced at intervals.
Even good old William Penn from our former home in Philadelphia was featured prominently on the walls.
We emerged from the dining hall onto the main college green.  There were stern signs warning about not walking on the grass.  What fun is that if students can't loll in the sunshine!
We wandered through the campus church which featured rich stained glass.
Before we knew it, we had emerged once more for a final spin around campus.
We admired the stately academic buildings...
...before finding ourselves at the exit gate ready to head back out onto the streets with the public masses.

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