In the façade of the Bell Tower facing Tom Quad are six (visible) statues
Above the entrance is a statue of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, flanked by two angels holding coats of arms of Christ Church College (left) and ??, under them the text:
Thomas Wolsey Card Archiep Ebor d N P L alumnus A D mdccclxxix
Higher in the tower, towards the center, are two statues above each other:
And high in the tower to the right:
- St. Michael, the Archangel, the field commander of the Army of God. He is often depicted slaying Satan represented as a dragon, and with a shield with text quis ut deus (Who is like God?, a literal translation of the name Michael).
- Bishop with church model
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Colleges in Oxford
Most of the university colleges in Oxford occupy large areas with several buildings and courts ('quads' in Oxford). There are numerous statues, mostly in the façades of the various buildings. The statues with ☒ are not visible from the public road. Most of the colleges are accessible for visitors during certain times of the day, some for free, others for a small (or not so small) fee.
Sources & Information
- Philip Opher, Oxford Sculpture (Heritage Tours Publications, 2009).
- An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of Oxford (London, 1939) (British History Online).
Location N 51°44'59" W 1°15'18"
Item Code: gbse172; Photograph: 20 October 2015
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