Magdalen College

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Magdalen College
(The College of St Mary Magdalen in the University of Oxford)
motto Floreat Magdalena
founding 1458
Sponsorship Oxford University
place Oxford , UKUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom 
President David Clary
Students 411
postgraduates : 159
Annual budget £ 273.2 million (2018)
Magdalen College

Magdalen College [ˈmɔːdlɪn] is one of the older colleges at Oxford University . Founded in 1458, Magdalen is still today one of the most renowned and beautiful colleges at the university. Magdalen College is on the eastern edge of downtown Oxford , on the banks of the Cherwell River .

Bishop Waynflete founded Magdalen College in 1458 on the grounds of St. John's Hospital; the new buildings were built from 1474 (laying of the foundation stone) by the Oxford master builder William Orchard . The remains of the old hospice were integrated. Famous are the central cloister corridor of Magdalen (Cloisters) from the 15th century, the parks (especially Addison's Walk ), the 44 meter high bell tower and the New Building from the 19th century.

Every year on May 1st at 6 a.m., the Latin chant of the Magdalen College Choir can be heard from the top of the tower. From 1543 to 1548, the English composer John Sheppard was the college's music director. The title informator choristarum is still awarded to the music director today.

A contemporary copy of Leonardo da Vinci'sLast Supper ” has been in the college chapel since the early 1990s .

One of the most famous graduates of Magdalen College was the Irish-born writer Oscar Wilde . In the 1950s, C. S. Lewis , known among other things as the author of the Narnia novels , taught here . The historian A. J. P. Taylor was connected to Magdalen as well as the Nobel laureate in literature Seamus Heaney . Even Lord Denning , the most important British judges of the 20th century, and David Souter and Stephen Breyer , both Judge of the Supreme Court of the United States , studied at Magdalen College. Another well-known student was the historian Edward Gibbon .

Web links

Commons : Magdalen College  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Magdalen College: Report and Financial Statements for the Year Ended July 31, 2018 .

Coordinates: 51 ° 45 ′ 7 "  N , 1 ° 14 ′ 47"  W.