Sunday 27 July 2008

Little pieces of Oxford

The major sights of Oxford – the college buildings, the Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre – are familiar to most visitors and feature in endless photographs. They are circled by small groups of camera-wielding tourists, while the open-topped buses give a higher vantage point, at least until a sudden rain shower:

However, step a little closer to the buildings and there are endless interesting details. These cherubic booklovers are perched on the Bodleian Library:

You should also look out for lurking grotesques,* some surprisingly modern.

While you’re looking up, keep an eye out for fancy doorways and even rooftop statues.

*They’re only gargoyles if they have a rain spout.

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