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Traveling through time

The Bodleian Library in Ofxord has this ancient library build on top of the divination building. Originally build in 1200, emptied in 1400 when the protestants thought catholic texts were superstitious and rebuild again. It's almost collapsed a few times and .. well it's complete history is as textured and interesting as the stories in the books it holds.

 

Like many of the best places to visit they have a strict no-photos policy, but over time you learn how to circumvent that. I kept my self at the rear of the group as we were being shown around, made sure some large fellows were between me and the tour guide, and made the most of the fact that the Leica has a really, really quiet shutter. Maybe not quite the freedom of composing shots that I'd like to have, but with a place this grand that's kind of ok since it all looks amazing.

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Taken on November 24, 2013