Visiting Cambridge University, England, and Senate House: historic landmark, close to King's College Chapel
Two outstanding examples of architecture, making a visit to Cambridge especially memorable
In the city centre of Cambridge is Senate House, a major landmark belonging to Cambridge University. It forms part of the Old Schools Site, where the University's administration is based.
Traditionally, Senate House is the location where Cambridge University student examination results are first posted.
Sir James Burrell and James Gibbs were responsible for the structure, which was built between 1722 and 1730. Executed in Portland stone in smooth, neo-Classical lines, the building easily catches the light, making it impressive to visitors.
Senate House Passage is a narrow pedestrian street which links Trinity Street with Trinity Lane. It passes between Senate House and Gonville and Caius College (founded 1348 and again in 1547).
Close to Senate House is King's College Chapel, another landmark, which is world renowned, and may be accessed from King's Parade. Completed in 1515 in a outstanding example of Perpendicular style, the Chapel's dimensions were personally designed by King Henry VI, who founded the College in 1441, together with Eton College.
The Chapel's fan vaulting, built 1512 - 1515 by master mason John Wastell, is the largest such creation in the world. The stained glass windows were made mainly by Flemish artisans in the 16th century. During World War Two, in anticipation of enemy aerial activity, these windows were removed by way of precaution and put into storage.
Among the Chapel's treasures is Reubens' Adoration of the Magi. Listeners and viewers worldwide regularly follow the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve, observed at the Chapel.
Also worth seeing
Visitor attractions in Cambridge itself are too numerous to summerize here adequately, but a few of these include the scenic, nearby Backs, on the Cam River, where boats known as punts are often hired out. The juxtaposition of Clare Bridge, Clare College and King's College Chapel form a very popular photographic combination. Trinity College's Wren Library and St John's College's 'Bridge of Sighs' make for impressive views from the Backs.
Ely Cathedral (distance: 26 kilometres) is a striking, Medieval structure.
How to get there
United Airlines flies from New York Newark Airport to London Heathrow Airport, where car rental is available. Rail services link Cambridge with London's Liverpool Street and St Pancras railroad stations. Please note that some facilities may be withdrawn, without notice. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.
MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada
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