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The "Bridge of Sighs" outside New College, Oxford | by UGArdener
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The "Bridge of Sighs" outside New College, Oxford

According to Wikipedia: Hertford Bridge in New College Lane, Oxford, England is often referred to as the "Bridge of Sighs" because of its supposed similarity to the famous bridge of the same name in Venice. However, Hertford Bridge was never intended to be a replica of the Venetian bridge, and indeed it bears a closer resemblance to the Rialto Bridge in the same city. The bridge links together the Old and New Quadrangles of Hertford College. (The bridge does not link Hertford College to New College, as is stated by some inaccurate city tour guides.) The bridge, and much of its current architecture, was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson. It was completed in 1914, despite its construction being opposed by New College.

 

We spent a Sunday afternoon in Oxford in early July just walking around during a brief sunny period. Here are a few shots that don't even begin to capture the archtectural riches of this city.

 

For more about the university, see:

 

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Oxford

 

For more about the city itself, see:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford

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Taken on July 6, 2008