This is perhaps the most scholarly corner of America: the 9-hectare area that connects various parts of Harvard University in Boston. Harvard Yard encompasses university libraries, student dorms and lecture halls. A walk through the park is a refreshing introduction to the grandeur of one of the most prestigious universities of the United States.
Harvard Yard dates back to the early 19th century. The large enclosed grassy area is the historic centre and the oldest part of the campus. Part of Harvard Yard is now called the Old Yard. This is where many of the freshman dormitories are located, as well as Massachusetts Hall, which dates from 1720 and is the second oldest university building in the United States. This elegant building houses the office of the President of Harvard University.
“Traditionally students touch John Harvard's shoe for good luck during the exam period”