Oxford, England, June 2017

Oxford is the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. While the university has no known date of foundation, there is evidence of teaching as early as 1096. It grew rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. After disputes between students and Oxford townsfolk in 1209, some academics fled north-east to Cambridge where they established the University of Cambridge. The two "ancient universities" are often jointly referred to as "Oxbridge". The university is made up of a variety of institutions, including 38 self-governing colleges (many of which, during our visit, held an open day for potential students and were closed to tourists like us; it was also a day of celebration for many graduating students). —Adapted from Wikipedia

Cowley Road

Magdalen Chapel

Merton College Chapel

Merton Street

Celebrating graduation

Burst of color

Messy fun (1, 2)

Beaming graduates

Corpus Christi College

King Edward Street

University Church

Campus area

Bodleian Divinity
School (more)

Bodleian Library quad

Bodleian Library exterior

Schola Moralis

University campus

University campus

Radcliffe Camera (more)

Campus street





Balliol College

Front quad(more)

Interior courtyard (more)

Dining hall (more)

Hertford College

Lincoln College

Trinity College

Trinity College

Cornmarket street

Turl street

Broad street

Broad street

Queen street

High street

High street

Ornate door

University Church of
St Mary the Virgin


Inside the church

Inside the church

Inside the church

All Souls College


Oxford Castle

Norman medieval
era building


Dates from 11th century

Ashmolean Musuem, Oxford

"The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Our world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time. The Ashmolean’s collections are extraordinarily diverse, representing most of the world’s great civilisations, with objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day. Among many riches we have the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings, the most important collection of Egyptian pre-Dynastic sculpture and ceramics outside Cairo, the only great Minoan collection in Britain, outstanding Anglo-Saxon treasures, and the foremost collection of modern Chinese painting in the Western world." —From museum website

Museum entrance

A pre-dynastic Egyptian
decorated tomb (info)

Greco-Roman antiquities

Grimacing Yaksha
Mathura, 100-300 CE

Head of a Yakshi
Mathura, 100-200 CE

Gandhara, 150-250 CE

Female figure
Gandhara, 100-200 CE

Warrior figure
Gandhara, 300-400 CE

Birth of the Buddha
Gandhara, 200 CE

Death of the Buddha
Gandhara, 200 CE

Panchika and Hariti
Gandhara, 100-300 CE

Flying warriors,
Rajasthan, 750-850 CE

Kashmir, 700 CE

Shiva and Parvati
MP, 1000-1050 CE

Dancing Ganesha
Western India, 650-750 CE

The Goddess Siddha
UP, 1000-1100 CE

West Bengal, 1050 CE

Assyrian protective spirit
Nimrud, 875-860 BCE



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