University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Oxford

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  • The church interior is free to visit with only a charge for the tower itself. We wandered past while spending the day walking around Oxford and if medieval architecture or history is your thing, then ...  more »
  • Still used for public discourse, like Bp Desmond Tutu. Prof Underhill accused Bruno of plagiarizing Marsilio Ficino, which raised his atatus in London, where he met Sidney and Queen Elizabeth I.  more »
  • One of the greatest views of Oxford came from climbing up to the tower of the church. It was truly breathtaking.  more »
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  • The University Church of St Mary the Virgin (St Mary's or SMV for short) is an Oxford church situated on the north side of the High Street. It is the centre from which the University of Oxford grew and its parish consists almost exclusively of university and college buildings. St Mary's possesses an eccentric baroque porch, designed by Nicholas Stone, facing High Street, and a spire which is claimed by some church historians to be one of the most beautiful in England.[1] Radcliffe Square lies to the north and to the east is Catte Street. The 13th century tower is open to the public for a fee and provides good views across the heart of the historic university city, especially Radcliffe Square, the Radcliffe Camera, Brasenose College, Oxford and All Souls College. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • Absolutely inviting and a place to think. The management of the crowd was very good and thanks for that.
  • magnificent view of oxford from here. can have very long lines make sure to come early and beat the tour groups. stunning view of radcliffe camera
  • View from the tower was stunning! A must go experience in oxford!
  • Well worth the visit. Fantastic architecture and an amazing atmosphere with wonderful views from the tower supporting the steeple. The Memorial to all of the Martyrs of the Reformation is here. Arch Bishop Thomas Cranmer was tried here before being removed to be burned at the stake for heresy just round the corner in Broad Street. Damage to one of the pillars is said to have been caused by his chains. They also have a very high standard coffee shop too.

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