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Sheldonian Theatre

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England
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Ranked #23 of 100 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Architectural Buildings
Description: Built by Sr. Christopher Wren from 1664-9, the design of this architectural gem was inspired by the Marcellus Theater in Rome.
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186 reviews 186 reviews
52 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

What beautiful architecture! Snap a photo from any angle and you'll be pleased with the outcome. Thank you, Sir Christopher Wren!

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Trondheim, Norway
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Great acoustics, really, really worth seeing, but bring a pillow, its a uncomfortable venue to sit in for long :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

What a lovely building! Built by Christopher Wren, so it is very old - built in 1669. It is the official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford. It is the place where students are admitted to the University, where they receive their degree. Fantastic painted ceiling depicting Truth descending upon the Arts and Sciences to expel Ignorance from the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

In addition to its architectural interest, and the extraordinary auditorium ceiling mural depicting the enlightenment of knowledge beying bestowed, this building is steeped in history and tradition. There are slight hints of excess privelege in the form of the reserved "thrones" for specific members of the bureaucratic elite, but in one sense this only adds to the charm. Of course,... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The man at the reception desk was very friendly and helpful, and told us a little about the theatre before we headed inside. Once inside, the theatre itself is relatively small (but the renovated ceiling is amazing, and worth a visit). However, the main attraction is the cupola, which offers stunning views across Oxford. A word to those without a... More

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Ronneby, Sweden
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221 attraction reviews
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The theatre is amazing in it selves. The roof painting looks amazing but I would have been a bit disappointed if that would have been all there was to see. Luckily, there was more. The possibility to climb the cupola on top of the building gives a wonderful view of the city in all four directions. The view is worth... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

that was the best view over the city in Oxford!! The lady convinced us to climb and we will keep this image in our minds forever. Also magnificently painted ceiling.

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Niagara Falls
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The Sheldonian theater was Christopher Wren's first job. He copied the architectural style but the building still has his touches. It is where all the congregations for the graduates still take place. An amazing building.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We were in Oxford for our sons' graduation. The ceremony took place in the theatre. Sitting on the very hard seating for 90 minutes, we were glad to leave. Great day in a hisitorical building. Worth a visit but be aware of the seating

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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I love the building, it's Grade I Listed, fab looking, but take a photograph and move on - seating on the terraces is dreadfully uncomfortable and, after a two hour recital, set off my sciatica for days, woe is me...

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