Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, almost all English monarchs have been crowned in the cathedral. The Archbishop of Canterbury is responsible for performing coronation ceremonies. St. Edward's chair, the throne on which the sovereigns sit during coronation, is preserved inside the cathedral.
Christ Church College is one of many schools that comprises the prestigious Oxford University. It is one of the most famous and most elite, formed over the centuries. It is one of the largest schools in Oxford and is within the cathedral of the diocese of the city. Christ Church has always been one of the schools for nobles and aristocrats, the gilded youth of the capital came to study at Oxford and were enrolled in Christ Church. There have been 25 Oxford-educated prime ministers, 13 out of Christ Church. This includes William Petty, Primrose, Sir Robert Peel and Douglas-Home. Also, many artists, novelists, politicians and some renowned scientists have studied here. Christ Church College was founded in 1545 by King Henry VIII. It is a beautiful building. The entrance is the famous Tom Tower, a bell tower. You can go to visit the College, it costs 6 pounds.
This Church, considered "too frivolous" by Protestants, is located in a truly privileged position in Trafalgar Square. It was built between 1722 and 1726 by James Gibbs. This place is full of people everywhere, on its steps and around, eating, photographing or just admiring the medieval building. I was even more surprised when I discovered the crypt. In the courtyard behind the Church, the Chinese Centre teaches yoga and other arts. A church worth visiting and to be admired.
St Giles' Church is one of the oldest monuments in Oxford. Its name comes from the street on which it is located which is at the lower end of Cornmarket in the direction of Woodstsock. The church is dedicated to St Giles which many other churches located outside the medieval walls of the city are also dedicated to. St Giles was a Greek aristocrat who became a hermit in France in the 7th century. The first church in his honor, it dates back to the 12th century and can be found in a lovely natural environment surrounded by gardens and an old cemetery. It managed to keep its location in this area while many other churches of the center such as St Martin had to be relocated due to the growth of the city and the construction of private houses and universities. St Giles is known for its painted windows that are very thin and old. A common thing in the parish churches of the UK, St. Giles keeps a war memorial in the northwestern part of the nave. The names of those killed in the first and second world wars are listed here.
The chapel of Merton College is a beautiful historic building, located south of High Street in the medieval center of Oxford. The college, which is part of Oxford University, was founded in 1260 along with the first church. But the church quickly fell into disrepair, and another chapel replaced it in the fourteenth century. It's open every afternoon, with limited hours on Sunday. The bell tower dates back to 1450. There are separate entrances for Oxford students and townsfolk.
St. Cuthbert Centre is part of the local Presbyterian church, though outwardly it looks like a church (in fact, it was in the past), inside it looks anything BUT reminiscent of a church. It seems more like a meeting room-cafeteria-nursery than anything else. It's an interesting mix of things. It seems that in this center are carried out some initiatives together with local authorities for social events, integration, education and charity. Actually, the most interesting thing about the building, at least to me it seems, is the appearance of something you might find in your own home, and its location in the center of town, next to the liquor factory and other attractions.
Brasenose is a small school, that forms part of Oxford University. It is located in Radcliffe Square and its beautiful chapel is located on campus. Tradition has it that every Sunday they say a prayer, and give thanks in Latin before dinner, and then after dinner they also pray in Latin.
The small chapel is located in the southern part, connected to the library's courtyard. But the courtyard was abandoned in order to build dormitories and classrooms.
The seventeenth-century chapel is open to visitors and the most noticeable part is the beautiful wooden ceiling. It is not flat, but instead has several fronts, that are painted and gilded. The ceiling is from the fifteenth century. The wood comes from the school of St Mary on New Inn Hall street. It looks like an open fan. It is one of the latest Oxford chapels built in a T-shaped, with an entry room before entering the main choir.
St Aldate's Church is a small church in Oxford's main street leaving the Carfax in a southern direction. It's a discrete church as it's surrounded by very large landmarks, such as Tom Tower, the main entrance to the greatest big school in Oxford, Christ Church. But it's an old church that holds your interest with a very old cemetery outside. The church is named after Aldate who died in 577 and was the Bishop of Gloucester, he is now a saint celebrated on February 4. He was probably killed by the Saxons. The church is in Pembroke Square and Pembroke College is on the other side. Founded in 1624.
St. Thomas Church is one of the iconic places in Newcastle, located near the two universities, the civic center and the shopping district of Haymarket. It has a medieval chapel, which is said to have been built by one of the murderers of St. Thomas himself. St. Thomas was killed in 1170 by a group of English gentlemen, on the order of King Henry II. He was canonized shortly after his death, regarded as a defender of the Church against royal power. The new church was built by John Dobson, in a Gothic style and completed in 1830. An organ was added two years later. Now the church is recognized as a historic monument. It does not belong to any particular diocese, but it is Anglican, making it unique in the UK.
Rotherham Parish Church is the third one that was built in this place. There was a church in 937 and then another late Norman church during the eleventh century. The current church´s construction began during the fourteenth century with an architectural style known as "perpendicular." They began to build a large 60 meter high bell which has been standing for 500 years. This church, now called All Saints, is one of the finest medieval Perpendicular styles in England. In 1873, it was restored thanks to architect Gilbert Scott, who wanted to maintain the historical importance of the place and its fifteenth century style. Initially, the Saxons buried the early Christians beneath the church but now there is a proper cemetery outside the city center and burials haven´t been made in the grounds of the church since 1854. Some of the old graves are still visible on the north side. There is a nice garden around the church as well.
St Mary Magdalen church is in Magdalen Street, a small side street north of the historic center of Oxford (next to the Martyrs Memorial). This street joins the great shopping streets of St Gile's and the Cornmarket. The church belongs to the Church of England and is just outside the old walled city. There was a Saxon station here a thousand years ago, but it burned in 1074. Robert D'Oilli, Norman Governor of Oxford, ve also built the city's castle, built a chapel with a nave to replace the old church. St Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, rebuilt the church in 1194. After the reform, the church changed its name. Formerly St Frideswide, the patron saint of the city, and then it stayed for a few centuries as Christ Church. The name Mary Magdalen is nineteenth century.
After climbing the hill, which means 199 steps, we glimpsed, next to the ruins of the famous abbey, the church of Saint Mary the Virgin. It was one floor and Norman Romanesque pieces, but afterwards there were several renovations and additions (the latest in the 18th century). Like most churches in the area, the huge cemetery is next to the church, but in my opinion, it favours the landscape. From the hill you can see the whole town and its surroundings, including the port, the abbey and the local countryside. It's a beautiful view.
St. Mary and All Saints, the "Church of the Crooked Spire", was built in the late 13th century and completed about 1360. It is the highest church in Derbyshyre, with a steeply rising 228ft into the air. From Monday to Saturday, there guided tours at 9am. Don't forget that the churches here are closed on Sundays.
This church is the the oldest in the city, and it's definitely one of the most beautiful. The first main body of the church was first built during the reign of Edward III (1377), and was completed in 1475, which gave the church its unique style. It's The University of Nottingham's church, and also several schools and organizations hold their annual worship services here. On weekends there are organ and choral concerts. The church is open from 10:30 am until 2:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and it's closed all day Sunday.
Along with St Mary's, St. Nicholas is one of three Christian parishes in this medieval city. The Victorian choir and transept are situated on the northern side and they were built in 1877. The various renovations over the last 1180 years can really be seen in its construction. The original building that was built in 1100 was destroyed by a fire, and in the 17th century the church was bombed. In the commercial center of the city and beautifully decorated with colorful flower beds, well worth a visit, is an Anglican parish declared of cultural interest by the department of culture.
"The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin" (now Anglican) offers as a first important feature its location, where was founded the first church on the island, in fact, historians and archaeologists have confirmed that parts of its structure dates from the seventh century. Like almost all Anglican religious centers, it has a quite sober interior, although we can find significant references to the holy founders of the island. We can highlight a large wooden sculpture, representing the monks moving the body of Saint Cuthbert to what would have been his grave. The exterior, made of stone tried to be as respectful of the original construction as possible, which gives this church a rather charming and vintage look.
My uncles lived in Guildford for many years and I lived there with my uncles. My daughter was also born in Guildford, a beautiful city and with a wonderful clock in the center of town. My uncles are buried in the Guildford Cemetery, I go there for summer every year. I like the English summer because where I live it is suffocatingly hot. My sister lives near Brighton and often visits Guildford as well, because she has friends there and goes to the cemetery to see my uncles. I fondly remember my time there and the people are lovely. `That's why whenever I go to England, I love to visit Guildford,, especially the wonderful cathedral where they filmed the movie The Omen.