The University Church of St Mary the Virgin stands in the centre of the old walled City and was the first home of the university itself, as opposed to the halls and colleges. The university built the Congregation House and Library as its first dedicated building in the 1320s.
University Church is one of England's most historically significant churches. Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer was tried in the church and subsequently burned at the stake on Broad Street. In addition to being a centre for worship, it is also a landmark destination for visitors. Recently restored, the church is a beautiful public building that is designed for multiple purposes. It is a popular venue for concerts, lectures and other public events.