St John's College
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Bridge of Sighs
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Alma mater of six prime ministers, three saints and Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ), St John's is superbly photogenic. It’s also the second-biggest college after Trinity. Founded in 1511 by Henry VII's mother, Margaret Beaufort, it sprawls along both riverbanks, joined by the Bridge of Sighs , a masterpiece of stone tracery and focus for student pranks. Going into St John’s or taking a punting tour are the only ways to get a clear view of the structure.
Over the bridge is the 19th-century New Court , an extravagant neo-Gothic creation, and out to the left are impressive views of the Backs . Parts of the college are much older and the chapel, though smaller than King's, is one of Cambridge's hidden gems.