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Magdalen College  
(St Swithun's Tower, east side)

Sts. Mary Magdalen, Peter and Paul

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Oxford /  Sts. Mary Magdalen, Peter and Paul   Oxford /  Sts. Mary Magdalen, Peter and Paul


On the east side of St. Swithun's tower are three niches with statues.

Oxford - Sts. Mary Magdalen, Peter and Paul
1. St. Mary Magdalene
Oxford - Sts. Mary Magdalen, Peter and Paul
2. St. Peter
Oxford - Sts. Mary Magdalen, Peter and Paul
3. St. Paul

One at the top:
  1. St. Mary Magdalene -- Mary of Magdala is described, in the New Testament, as one of the most important women associated with Jesus during his ministry (Wikipedia).. She is depicted with the ointment jar with which she cleansed Christ's wounds.
And two flanking the oriel of the first floor:
  1. St. Peter (possibly died AD 67), apostle, first pope; patron saint of locksmiths and confessors. Usually holding the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven in his hand (Wikipedia)
  2. St. Paul - the Apostle, (c. 5 - c. 67 ), persecuted the early followers of Jesus before switching sides and seeking to join them. He was instrumental in creating the Christian Church. He is the protector of tent-makers, theologians and the ecclesiastical press and is depicted with a sword. (Wikipedia).
The buildings around St. Swithun's Quad were built c. 1880-1884 after designs of the architects George Frederick Bodley and Thomas Garner.

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.



Location (N 51°45'8" - W 1°14'50")

Item Code: gbse179; Photograph: 20 October 2015
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