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Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius

Jagiellonska 15, Krakow 31-010, Poland (Stare Miasto)
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Ranked #16 of 141 Attractions in Krakow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: First founded in 1364, this integral part of Krakow life has many distinguished alumni including distinguished Polish intellectuals, political leaders... more » Owner description: First founded in 1364, this integral part of Krakow life has many distinguished alumni including distinguished Polish intellectuals, political leaders and well-known international figures like Nicolaus Copernicus and Pope John Paul II. The Collegium Maius is the oldest surviving building of the university. « less
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Great. Make sure you queue up at the right entrance - not the one opposite St.Anne's church, but around the corner instead.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The first day, we arrived after the building had closed so we could only admire the beautiful courtyard, but we went back for the guided tour and to see the figures parade out of the old clock. The guided tour lasted about 30 minutes and cost very little (just over £2 I think, and half of that for over 65s)... More

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Do go and see this beautiful university and its unbelievable guide. Our guide was the most entertaining guide I have ever seen in my life. I still keep smiling when I remember his stories.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This site of the original university founded in medieval times is a beautiful courtyard with wonderful surrounding building. A half hour tour of the original library gives a view of the historic period, & how renowned students of the past are celebrated, including Copernicus and Pope John Paul II. The founding story and changes through some of Poland's most difficult... More

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Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

very interesting and good english tour of the first floor of impressive university. historic rooms and beautiful artifacts.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

At some point you will probably walk by this attraction and not know it's there. Time it right and it's a 5 minute freebee. For 7 zeotych you can have a conducted tour of the library for half an hour. Senior discount. If you have the time, it's only a little more than $1usd.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We did not enter any of the campus buildings, however our guide provided interesting factual anecdotes about this University. The architecture is impressive.

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Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Interesting university as one of the very first in Europe. It is busy so plan ahead to take a guided tour.

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Indianapolis, IN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Go sit in the courtyard of this university where Copernicus and the future Pope John Paul II studied. Marie Curie was denied entry/study here. Feels like Hogwarts!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The original building of the Jagiellonian University is extremely well maintained, especially considering its age (more than 600 years old), and the internal rooms have been reconfigured after the Nazi occupation with original or equivalent furniture (the University was dismanteled during the Nazi rule). I recommend the guided tour, full of interesting explanations on the history of Poland's academic life... More

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