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This small green door is the entrance from the Cathedral garden Christ Church College, University of Oxford, England. The door leads into a private garden alcove, The Dean’s Garden (The Deanery).
Trivia: It is believed that this door was the inspiration for the forbidden door in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll apparently wrote the story inspired by ten-year-old Alice Liddell, daughter of the then Dean of the college. Carroll reportedly wrote the story and gave it to the young Alice as a Christmas present. Carroll was later encouraged by friends to expand the work with illustrations into the renowned version readers know today.
Extra trivia: In addition to its legendary Alice in Wonderland connection outdoors, Christ Church College, Oxford is famous for its magical interior great hall, and grand staircase used as filming locations for the original Harry Potter movie.
Opened door into the garden:
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