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Harvard Yard

Posted in Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on January 20, 2009

Our last morning in Boston before heading off to Andover we took a taxi to Harvard, just out of curiosity. It is green and spacious, and there is some varied architecture to admire.

One of the most extraordinary buildings is the ornate red brick Sever Hall. I guess it’s pronounced as in “sever an artery”. Anyone know?

This Chinese turtle surmounted by a stele, just outside Boylston Hall,  was strangely reminiscent of the giant stone tortoise we had seen the year before at the Sacred Way by the Ming Tombs near Beijing. Some background to this strange sculpture is included here.

This is University Hall. In front of it is the famous statue of John Harvard with its “lucky” left toe-cap. The toe has been worn pale because everyone has their picture taken while holding onto it, myself included.

Memorial Church …

… and Memorial Hall:

Right next to Memorial Hall is a rather imposing Fire Station.

It was the middle of the day but the moon was in the sky.

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