The last of the Oxford series, finally.
Sidenote: I try my best to remember as I type out my thoughts that one of the main intentions of this blog is to keep track of my adventures such that, in years to come, I’ll be able to revisit it easily. Another intention is to share it with my loved ones back at home, including my mum and close friends. With that, I hope my words remain sincere, heartfelt, and does as much justice to the experience as possible.
So here goes… The last of the key places we went in Oxford!
Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral is the cathedral of the diocese of Oxford. It is also, uniquely, the chapel of Christ Church, a college of the University of Oxford. It is often claimed to be the smallest cathedral in England, and although it did once hold this distinction there are now smaller cathedrals.
I cannot do justice to the beauty of the cathedral.
It is beyond exquisite, from the vaulted ceilings, to the polished pews and candleholders, to the way sunlight streams in through the intricate stained glasses.
I know there may be some people who believe that it is inappropriate for a Muslim to enter into a cathedral but I do not share the same sentiments. My intention in visiting is to appreciate the architecture and interior, not to declare a belief in their faith, and I find no wrong in doing that.
In fact, stepping into the grand cathedrals here have strengthened my faith and spirituality. These massive structures resonate the great spirit, ambition & faith that drove people of the past to build great testimonies to God by way of their places of worship.
These places inspire faith.
It’s the same as if I’d entered into a magnificent mosque. It just made me see how much the human spirit has always been yearning for faith & submission to a Higher Being. It has and will always be a powerful force, no matter how people campaign for secularism and modernism. 🙂
Anyway, moving on…
While admiring the place, it was announced that there was to be a flute and guitar duet so we’d stayed to watch. I’ve never heard the two instruments being played together and masyaAllah, it’s beautiful!
If you’ve never heard a flute-piano duet too, have a listen!
We were absolutely serenaded and being in such a stunning place just added cream to the cake. ❤
Once we were done with Christ Church College, we decided to head to another important place in Oxford. Of course, walking through the alleyways is in itself, an experience!
So many things to see!
The Bodleian Library, the main research library of the University of Oxford, is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and in Britain is second in size only to the British Library with over 11 million items.
The Library’s fine architecture has made it a favourite location for filmmakers… It can be seen in… the first two Harry Potter films, in which the Divinity School doubles as the Hogwarts hospital wing and Duke Humfrey’s Library as the Hogwarts library.
Amongst its many prized possessions is Shakespeare’s First Folio (1623).
We realllyyyyyy wanted to enter the library but the tours were all sold out so…. 😦
We ended up just admiring the building(s) around the area.
There are so many human sculptures around!
So here ends my little reflection of the daytrip to Oxford.
It’s been an enjoyable activity, reminiscing the trip and putting it into words and pictures so that I’ll be able to deposit them in a more tangible manner into my memory bank.
I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much I did. 🙂
I should really get some rest now – this weekend will be packed with adventures, inshaallah! You’ll definitely read about it in good time. 😉
Till the next time, go out and live your life! ❤