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A day trip to Cambridge

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Arriving in Cambridge, one passes the Catholic Church: Our Lady and the English Martyrs
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An imposing example of the 19th Century Gothic Revival, built between 1885 and 1890.
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Our Lady of the Assumption crowned with lilies and standing on the crescent moon with the vanquished serpent beneath.
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The Church is also dedicated in commemoration of the Catholic Martyrs who died between 1535 and 1681, over thirty of whom had been in residence at the University. In two principal groups: clergy on the left with St John Fisher and the laity on the north grouped around St Thomas More.
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The rood is modeled after very early crucifixes, with the figure of Our Lord as High Priest: with glorified wounds, robed in alb, stole and pallium and crowned.
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The High Altar contains the relics of Saints Felix and Constantia, martyrs of the early Church with exquisite French workmanship from Lyons. The baldacchino which covers the High Altar is similar to that over the tomb of Robert the Wise at Santa Chiara, Naples.
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Great St. Mary's, this university Church was built in 1478 on the site of an 11th century church.
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It is closely associated with the Reformation as many of the movements leaders preached here (Erasmus, Cranmer, Latimer, Ridley)
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King's College, founded in 1441 by Henry VI, with the Chapel being completed almost a century later.
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Ruben's Adoration of the Magi (1634) which was donated to the College in 1961.
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Great East Window, 16th century, depicting the passion and crucifixion. Notice also the stone fan vaulting
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The immaculate grounds of the College, and the main gate.
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Most of the College buildings today date from the 19th century.
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Typical street (except normally there are more bycicles).
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Trinity College was founded by Henry VIII in 1546 (out of 2 smaller colleges). The Great Gate was completed in the 1530s.
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They say Lord Byron would bath here with his pet bear. Why a bear? The university prohibited dogs, but not bears.
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The chapel, finished in 1567, the woodwork dates to the first half of the 18th century.
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Statue of Isaac Newton, by Roubilac, one of the students of the University. In fact, one of his apple trees (i.e. a descendent) grows next to the chapel.
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The university seen from the River Cam, also known as "The Backs" as it runs behind all the universities.
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Many people go punting on the river through the Backs, navigating with a long pole instead of oars.
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The impressive front gate of St. John's College began as a group of monastic houses and a Hospital in 1280. It was founded as a univeristy by Lady Margaret (mother of Henry VII) in 1515.
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The 19th century chapel, designed by George Gilbert Scott, influenced by the 13 century Sainte Chapelle in paris.
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Interior of the chapel, with nice stained glass and painted ceiling.
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The deposition from the cross, by Raphael (c 1777).
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Crest of St. John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester who became a leading figure of the dilapadated univeristy in the 16th century.
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Second Courtyard, with fine brickwork and harmony.
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The bridge of sighs over the river, so named because it resembles the famous bridge in Venice (which there leads to a prison).
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The New Court, across the river, designed in 1831 to accomodate more students, who call the Gothic, romantic building the "Wedding Cake"
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View of the chapel tower from the second court.
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Queens' college, dates to 1448, founded by two English queens, hence the location of the apostrophe in the name.
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The cloister, with old hall and chapel.
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Interior of chapel.
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Little St. Mary's, this almost neglected Anglican Church was the chapel to Peterhouse college until 1632.
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Stained glass of the sacrafice of Isaac.
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Peterhouse College is the oldest in Cambridge (1284), the chapel dates from 1632.
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Fitzwilliam Museum, one of Britian's finest, but it was closed for renovations.
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Walking through Pembroke University
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Two professors engage in intellectual conversation by the university gate.
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I stopped by the natural history musueum. Now the skelton of a hyppo isn't that unusual - except this one was found just outside Cambridge!
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Fossils of a Jurassic sea creature, also found nearby.
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And of course - a British dinosaur.
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Emmanuel College, inner court and chapel.
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Picture of the prodigal son. The Latin: His name will be called Emmanuel, God-with-us.
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The story of England: Catholic and Anglican together - Thomas Cranmer: instigator of the Reformation and author of the Book of Common Prayer - next to St. John Fisher, martyr for refusing to recognize Henry has leader of the Church of Engalnd.

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