King's College, Cambridge, is 1 of the colleges that make up Cambridge University. Its full name is The King's College of Our Lady and St. Nicholas in Cambridge, within the university people call it King's. The college chapel, one of the examples of late Gothic architecture, was constructed over a period of 100 years in 3 stages. The characteristics of the chapel are the biggest fan vault in the world, windows and the "Adoration of the Magi" by Rubens. The chapel is in use as a place of religion as well as for concerts and other events of the college. The world famous chapel choir has students as singers and choristers. The choir sings during services most days of the course, and also makes performances and recordings and broadcasts. In particular, we have issued his Nine Lessons and Choir at the BBC, from the chapel on Christmas Eve, for many decades. There is also a mixed choir made up of men and women, called King's Voices (voices of King's), who sings on Mondays during school term. The chapel is seen as a symbol of the city of Cambridge, as can be seen in the city logo
Magdalene College is the last college in the north of the city, and one of the few on the left bank of the beautiful river that runs through the heart of Cambridge. The buildings stand majestic and traditional with their red brick stones, and the small gardens located on the forecourt of the University are charming and perfectly maintained. Worth visiting during your trip to Cambridge.
Located a little bit away from the bustle of the historical heart of the city, Emmanuel College, on St Andrews Street, and close to the beautiful park of Parker's Piece, is one of our favourite colleges in Cambridge. We found ourselves the only tourists there, and we were able to fully appreciate its charm. We especially loved the main courtyard, gardens and beautiful chapel.
Located near the main entrance of the city of Cambridge, St Catharine's College is one of the first colleges that you'll see upon entering the historic center. Charming, with a perfectly maintained lawn so green it seems almost unreal, and wrought iron gates, it is a great introduction to the city.
Located in the extreme south of the city, outside the historic heart of Cambridge and facing the enormous Parker's Piece park, Downing College is undoubtedly one of our favourite places in the city. It's neglected by tourists (probably because it's so far from the main streets), and this college, founded in 1800, is particularly quiet and soothing. Deserted during our visit, we particularly liked the huge park and its stately majestic buildings.
Cambridge is undoubtedly my favorite city in England. With ancient walls and large lawn, the atmosphere is, in my opinion, more natural than Oxford. Students ride around on bicycles, and the splendid Gothic architecture and canals give it the nickname "the Venice of the North".
In an almost hidden walkway leading from Kings Parade, Clare College is a charming college that deserves a look. We love the tidy lawn, beautiful wrought iron gates, and imposing buildings. The entrance portico is a nice shade of orange, a rare color in the city of Cambridge.
The last college in the area of Kings Parade, Trinity and St John's Street, this college is particularly beautiful with its entrance portico reminiscent of a medieval castle. The courtyard is well worth a visit.