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.
Usually open Monday-Saturday, except when used for University functions. Fee charged.
Located at the eastern end of Broad Street, beside the Clarendon Building and the Bodleian Library.
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