The Sheldonian Theatre
The Sheldonian Theatre is the official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford. It is used for ceremonies such as matriculation, graduation, meetings of the university parliament, and for awarding of honorary degrees. This 1,000 seat hall is also used for lectures and for concerts. Handel performed here.
One of Sir Christopher Wren's first major designs, the Sheldonian was constructed between 1664 and 1669. It was named after Gilbert Sheldon, later Archbishop of Canterbury, who provided 12,000 pounds to fund the construction.
The Bridge of Sighs
Popularly called The Bridge of Sighs, the Hertford Bridge spans New College Lane. It links the Old and New quadrangles of Hertford College.
A relatively recent construction by Oxford standards, the bridge was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson and was completed in 1914. Although a romantic design, the bridge looks nothing like its popular namesake in Venice.
The Bridge of Sighs is often seen in pictures of Oxford and appeared in the Inspector Morse television series.
The Ashmolean Museum
The Ashmolean Museum is the University's museum of art and architecture. It includes world class collections of fine art, including works bu Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Turner, Pissaro, Picasso, Rubens, Van Dyck, Cezanne, Sargent and Constable. It also has outstanding collections of ancient Egyptian sculpture, Minoan pottery and Chinese painting.
Established in 1683, the museum first housed Elias Ashmole's collection of curiosities, including stuffed zoological specimens and rare coins. Over the centuries, however, the collections became more sophisticated with donations and acquisitions of important archeological finds. In 1908, the Ashmolean was merged with the University Art Collection. That collection dates back further than the Ashmolean and had grown from a few portraits to a repository of major works.
The Ashmolean is located on Beaumont Street in a building designed by C.R. Cockerell. The museum was refurbished in 2009.
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