Perfect Little City

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Bells of the Cathedral
Okay, onto the good stuff. One of the super awesome things about this city is how beautiful it is. Seriously, you'll have to look at my Shutterfly pictures of this place, it's amazing. Like Chancellor Bill Bryson said "If you have never been to Durham, go there at once. Take my car. It's wonderful." The city has tiny little streets and a grand castle and my favorite is the Cathedral. Being the total Medieval & Renaissance nerd that I am, I was really looking forward to seeing St. Bede's tomb. I can't believe that such a renowned scholar is from a town I currently reside in, it's fantastic. If any of you don't know who Bede is you can read up a little on him here (though it's just a little on him).
Cloisiters
They also have St. Cuthbert's body and I think St. Hild is here somewhere. There is also some great history to the place. The cathedral was once used as a prison for Scottish soldiers and while trapped inside they burned all the wood except for the clock (the think perhaps because at the top was the Scottish thistle). They also lopped off all the heads of the stone figures on the tombs, which I admit is just a little amusing. The other cool thing about the cathedral, and the castle actually, is that both sites have been used (and hopefully will continue to be used) for the filming of some of the Harry Potter films. Perhaps looking through my photos you'll see a picture of the cloisters that looks eerily familiar to the hall where Lucius gave Dobby the sock. I haven't had a chance to go in Castle yet to get a photo of the dining hall, but I'm sure it will be wonderful. I did however record the bells sounding off, which is quite beautiful. I also went into Middle Common Room to do some Latin translation with a classmate. Yes...students live in Castle...it's the housing for University College. Neat huh? But a bit drafty...
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Bells of the Cathedral
Cloisiters
Cloisiters
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cloisters
Cloisters
Sandstone wearing away
Sandstone wearing away
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Pink boat house
Pink boat house
Cloisters
Cloisters
Cloisters
Cloisters
Cathedral from the cloisters
Cathedral from the cloisters
Cloisters
Cloisters
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Durham Union Society
Durham Union Society
Cathedral
Cathedral
Palace Green Library
Palace Green Library
Into Castle
Into Castle
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Side Street
Side Street
Castle
Castle
Yup...here too...not just London
Yup...here too...not just London
Cathedral
Cathedral
College
College
College
College
Castle
Castle
Cathedral
Cathedral
Theology
Theology
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
This was randomly above a cell pho…
This was randomly above a cell ph…
Ton center
Ton center
hehe
hehe
Statue in center of town
Statue in center of town
REALLY old building....look closel…
REALLY old building....look close…
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle and Cathedral
Castle and Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Town Center
Town Center
Barclays
Barclays
Cathedral and River
Cathedral and River
Castle
Castle
Side street
Side street
Yummy
Yummy
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Castle
Durham
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