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Sheldonian Theatre

Sheldonian Theatre

The  Sheldonian Theatre (1667) was the first major commission for an aspiring young  architect named Christopher Wren.  Wren, who was then Professor of Astronomy at Oxford, designed the Sheldonian in  imitation of a classical Roman theatre.

During  the late 17th century the Sheldonian saw service as the University printing  press, but its main use now is as the location of the annual Encaenia ceremony, when University degrees are conferred.

Throughout the remainder of the year the Sheldonian is used for lectures  or concert performances. Visitors may climb to the cupola for impressive views  of the city centre.

The  Sheldonian Theatre is open Monday-Saturday 1000-1230 and 1400-1630 (1530 in  winter).

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