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The Jagiellonian University in Krakow


The Jagiellonian University

earlier known as the Krakow Academywas founded in 1364 by Kazimierz the Great. It was the second university of Central-Eastern Europe after the one in Prague. The location of the first buildings is unknown. After renovation by King Jagiełło in 1400, the university was built near St. Anne's Church. The University bloomed in the 15th c., particularly the maths and astronomy departments. Copernicus studied here at the end of the 15th c. and it is unknown whether his heliocentric documents lie within the walls of the university. After the downfall at the end of the 17th c. and the beginning of the 18th c., educational reforms were made. Today Krakow is a lively university town with 120 000 students.

What to see ?


Collegium Maius, ul. Jagiellonska

- the oldest remaining university building from the 12th c. The four-winged university complex was originally used as residence for professors (upper floors) and as lecture halls (1st floor). Today's heritage reminds us of the former atmosphere of the university. Today holds the University museum, treasury and famous Jagiellonian globe with first mention of the American continent.

Collegium Novum, ul. Golebia 24

a neo-Gothic building from the end of the 19th c. and location of former Gothic student assembly hall with an impressive facade. German occupants moved here in 1939. All professors and their assistants were arrested and many didn't survive the concentration camps. Today houses university authorities and administration.

St. Anne's Church, ul. Sw. Anny 

an impressive Baroque Church from the end of the 17th c. It was built according to the project of Tylman of Gameren. Once the site of celebratory gatherings of professors, doctoral promotions, annual inauguration of the academic year and the resting-place of many eminent university professors. The Church is a basilica with three naves built on a Latin cross plan. The interior belongs to the best achievements of Polish Baroque. A combination of Roman and Polish art.


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