University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford

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The University Church of St Mary the Virgin (St Mary's or SMV for short) is an Oxford church situated on the north side of the High Street. It is the centre from which the University of Oxford grew and its parish consists almost exclusively of university and college buildings.

St Mary's possesses an eccentric baroque porch, designed by Nicholas Stone, facing High Street, and a spire which is claimed by some church historians to be one of the most beautiful in England. Radcliffe Square lies to the north and to the east is Catte Street. The 13th-century tower is open to the public for a fee and provides good views across the heart of the historic university city, especially Radcliffe Square, the Radcliffe Camera, Brasenose College, Oxford and All Souls College.
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  • Pleasant church with stain glass windows. it's possible to climb the tower for a great view of Oxford. 
    Pleasant church with stain glass windows. it's possible to climb the tower for a great view of Oxford.  more »
  • My husband and I visited the church, it was very beautiful! The architecture of the building, the artworks inside the church, the stained glasses in the windows, all was done so detailed and... 
    My husband and I visited the church, it was very beautiful! The architecture of the building, the artworks inside the church, the stained glasses in the windows, all was done so detailed and...  more »
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  • Beautiful sunset while my stay there and I don’t wanna lose the opportunity to enjoy it. Beautiful church in the centre of Oxford. Lovely architecture. If you don't have.problems to climb stairs, I recommend the ascent to the Tower. The tower is the best place to get a great view to Oxford' Colleges but the climb is worth it. And the best: no wire screens obstructing the view, which makes it possible to have a bird eye view of city centre.
  • We went up the tower in the church. Brilliant views from the top. Seeing the carvings close up was a real experience. Didn't get long up there but was long enough to take photos etc. Worth a visit

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