The sculptural door frame of Oxford’s Magdalen College opens into grand towers in pale stone, glowing in sunlight and teeming with history, wild gardens and gargoyles. “It’s different to what you see in London,” South London resident Ash Robertson said.
The college, founded in 1458, has educate many notable alumni, from great writers to kings, including King Edward VIII, writer Oscar Wilde and journalist Nicholas Kristof.
Robertson said she believes most centers of history in London were created for military purposes. She added that she appreciates the value of “buildings erected for a reason other than religious and political power.” The college was founded to foster learning and continues to do so, which Ms. Robertson finds somehow sacred.
The most spectacular thing about Magdalen, past its rich and long history, is in the details, Robertson found. Each individual gargoyle has a unique face that watches over the college, breathing wisdom from the very walls.
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