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Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

This statue is known as the statue of 3 lies. 1. This is not John Harvard 2. John Harvard is not the founder of the university. 3. Harvard was not founded in 1638. Lies aside, this statue is the 3rd most photographed statue in the...More

Thank melrox3
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Everyone who visits Harvard feels compelled to stop by the statue of John Harvard and take a picture with him. And it's easy enough to do, since it's in the middle of the Yard. Any guide or guidebook will tell you why it's the "statue...More

Thank Egregio
Reviewed 28 July 2018

Strangely, John Harvard was not the founder of the college or of University Hall where he is placed and apparently nobody knows what he actually looked like. I was surprised why so many tourists wanted to have their photo taken in front of the large...More

Thank Betula103
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

It’s a tradition that you stop and see the Harvard statue. Just don’t touch it because apparently it’s not very clean.

Thank mfbarthe
Reviewed 1 July 2018

It was amusing seeing visitors take photos and while doing so touching the shoes of the statue so much so that the bronze looks polished at the shoes.

Thank Krishnan N
Reviewed 16 June 2018

If you visit Harvard, you just have to see the statue of John Harvard outside University Hall, even though it has three inaccuracies: (1) there was no known likeness of John Harvard so a student sat for the pose, (2) John Harvard was not the...More

Thank LBlank-SalinasCA
Reviewed 8 June 2018

Sitting and facing the harvard University is iconic John Harvard statue in black stone. Every student touches the shoes of this state before beginning his curriculum. However we were told that he face and body structure may not be of John Harvard as no actual...More

Thank Ashurastogi
Reviewed 18 May 2018

It is just an old statue of one of the people that helped found Harvard. Could have been any of a number of folks who did more that Harvard to found the school.

Thank James W
Reviewed 1 May 2018

Do this especially before you take a test. When we have visitors this is one of the places that they love to have their picture taken.

Thank OnTripsWeGo
Reviewed 29 April 2018

This statue is located right in the middle of the square, which could be a delight to relax in summer time. However due to the weather conditions we were experiencing, we could not even look straight at the statue. What I found interesting is that...More

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