Radcliffe Camera

Radcliffe Camera

This a picture I took of the Radcliffe Camera at the University of Oxford. I was blessed with the opportunity to study abroad at Oxford this past spring semester. The day I took this picture it was snowing, so I thought it would be cool to get a photo of this remarkable piece of architecture.

The Camera, which means room, was built during the years of 1737-1749 by James Gibbs, who designed it in the English Palladian style. It is named after John Radcliffe, who was the royal physician to King William III and Queen Mary II, and the one who financed the project.

Today, the Radcliffe Camera serves as the main reading room of the Bodleian Library. It is said that it houses over 600,000 books. Unfortunately, unless your a student at Oxford, then you cannot enter this building. However, there is guided public tour of the Bodleian Library which provides access to the Radcliffe. It is pretty cool building to check out if your ever Oxford.

PS: I took this picture from University Church of St Mary the Virgin.

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