Founded in 1524, this is Oxford’s largest and most-visited college. It has both the biggest quadrangle and and England’s smallest cathedral. Christ Church Cathedral, which predates the college, serves as its chapel. Within the great hall, you’ll find features familiar from the Alice in Wonderland stories. That’s because former Christ Church don Charles Dodgson (1832–98) is better known as Lewis Carroll. Christ Church’s Ante Hall was the inspiration for Hogwarts’ great hall in the Harry Potter movies.Christ Church Picture Gallery is the only public gallery owned by a single college in either Oxford or Cambridge. Its collection of 300 paintings includes Italian Old Masters – among them Tintoretto, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Carracci.
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Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.
The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.
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