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
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).