Corpus Christi College.
The College of Corpus Christi in the city of Cambridge, England, was established in 1352. This beautiful building, surrounding a central court, was founded by the townspeople of Cambridge, an unusual thing to happen when most colleges and monasteries were founded by the nobility of the time. But opinions change (as they do now!) and the College was sacked by the townspeople in 1381 during the Peasants’ Revolt, led by the town mayor! But the College survived this assault and prospered through the centuries. During the War of the Roses in 1460, the College was rich enough to to fund the purchase of cannons, arrows, and armor to defend it from plunder. Corpus Christi suffered some instability during the Reformation of King Henry VIII, but escaped the worst of the religious upheavals of the time. Henry’s daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, became a patron of the College during her reign in the 16th century. Today, Corpus Christi is one of the richest colleges in Cambridge, with one of the highest academic success records.
The image here is of the entrance archway, directly from the public street outside into the central courtyard. I love the intricate details in the beautifully preserved ceiling stonework, and the way the natural light is reflected by the flagstones to illuminate the roof.