Aside from the beautiful buildings of Oxford University, there are many other buildings worth visiting while studying at the Oxford English Academy. Some are associated with the University, and some are not, but most of them are old and fascinating and are definitely photo-worthy.

Oxford contains one of the best preserved groups of medieval buildings in the world and a wealth of architectural gems from the classical to the modern.

Here is some building and architecture vocabulary which should help you understand the detailed descriptions of these old buildings.

Arch: A structure supported only at the sides, usually curved, made of wedge-shaped blocks, used to span an opening.

Beam: One of the main horizontal supporting pieces of a building.

Colonnade: A series of columns placed at regular intervals.

Column: A supporting pillar.

Courtyard: an unroofed area that is completely or partially enclosed by walls or buildings, typically one forming part of a castle or large house.

Dome: a rounded vault forming the roof of a building or structure, typically with a circular base.

Doorway: The opening or void that a door closes.

Facade: The front of a building.

Hearth: A brick, stone, or cement area in front of a fireplace.

Monument: A stone, sculpture, and/or building erected in remembrance of a person, persons, or event.

Plan: A diagram drawn to show the shape of a building and the arrangement of its parts.

Porch: A covered entrance to a building, usually with a separate roof.

Roof: The cover of a building.

Tower: A building or structure typically higher than its diameter and high relative to its surroundings that may stand apart, or be attached to a larger structure.

Wall: A material layer enclosing space. You usually find the church bells in a tower.

Window: An opening in a building which can be open and shut, and is usually covered by glass.

Wing: An addition or extension to a building.

 

 

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