Oxford has a very high density of chapels and churches, many of which are associated with the over 40 colleges. Chapels of all scale, size, architecture and decor can be found here.
I. Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral and college chapel is a large and impressive Cathedral within Christ Church. It is also the seat of the Bishop of the Church of England in Oxford. The Cathedral is also the site where Oxford's patron saint, Frideswide, was buried in the 8th century. The Cathedral was a place of worship long before the college was set up. Part of the Cathedral was removed to make way for Tom Quad. Visitors to Christ Church are required to pay an admission charge to see the Cathedral at normal opening times.
II. St Mary's Church
Most Oxford colleges have a chapel. However the University Church of St Mary the Virgin is the University's church where memorial services and other events are held. It's vaults and gardens are open to the public. The St Mary's Church tower offers a spectacular view of the city in all directions. There is an admission charge to climb the tower.
III. New College Chapel
The far wall of New College Chapel is quite spectacular with rows upon rows of statues of saints and apostles. The college is officially called "College of St Mary". However an older "College of St Mary" (now Oriel College) in Oxford resulted in a addition of "New" to the "College of St Mary", which was later shortened to New College. The college is anything but new! It was set up in 1379.
IV. St Michael at the North Gate
This little church on the pedestrian only Cornmarket Street has an old Saxon bell tower that was part of the old city wall. The Saxon Tower of the church is the oldest surviving building in Oxford. The tower is open to the public and offers a panoramic view of the city. The church is now officially the City Church of Oxford city where the Mayor and Corporation of Oxford are expected to worship. The church has on display an amazing collection of silver and bronze.
V. St Barnabas Church
This church in Jericho, a bit off the normal trail, is relatively new compared to the other churches in this list. However, it resembles a Roman basilica with a square bell tower that looks like an Italian campanile (tower). If you catch the train from the North to Oxford, you will certainly notice the tower as you approach Oxford station.
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