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Katy Perry visits Oxford

Katy Perry took a break from her Witness world tour to visit Oxford University last weekend.

The American singer travelled from London, where she had been performing at the O2 arena, to tour around the university’s student halls, libraries, and cathedrals.

She appeared particularly impressed by Oxford’s collection of older books, sharing videos of herself looking over a 431 year old first edition of Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica and a bible from 1578.

At Christ Church Cathedral she listened to resident musician Myles on the pipe organ. She also met with the Principal of Harris Manchester, Sir Ralph Waller, and posed in a photo with him as well as with various students.

She also attended the Oxford Encaenia garden party, mixing with this year’s honorary degree recipients such as Mary Beard and Martin Scorsese.

Perry shared her trip with her 70 million followers on Instagram.

In one post, she shared a photo of a stained glass window saying ‘Courage’ and captioned it: “the ability to do something that frightens one”.

Perry had previously declared her love for British culture, saying she “falls in love with the English very easily” and has joked about wanting to have a “pseudo fake [British] accent like Madonna”.

Her current boyfriend, Orlando Bloom, as well as her ex-husband, Russell Brand, are both British.