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Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius

Jagiellonska 15, Krakow 31-010, Poland (Stare Miasto)
48 12 422 05 49
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Ranked #22 of 147 Attractions in Krakow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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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 and well-known international figures like Nicolaus Copernicus and Pope John Paul II. The Collegium Maius is the oldest surviving building of the university.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

The 40-minute tour of the original centuries-old university building was brought alive by sandal-wearing Justyn. He joked and shared anecdotes about things like the 600+ year old globe and Copernicus's school attendance. The collection is not lavish, but it is the oldest university in Europe and the tour costs only equivalent to $6US.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

In the first moment I did not realized that this was the university when Copernicus studied. Take some minutes and imagine the man walking in the hallway. It is amazing be in one local where some mans who changed the world were.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This museum tells the story of higher education in Kraków, including its favorite intellectual, Copernicus. Left in tact by two wars, the Jagiellonian University has preserved the original feel of the campus as it began its history in the 14th century and continues to educate students today. For those with curious minds. There is also a small university gift shop... More

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Newry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We had a tour with a guide called Justyn. He was outstanding. Funny, informed, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and entertaining. The building is beautifully preserved and full of stunning artefacts. The highlight of our holiday.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Pope John Paul II attended as did Copernicus (determined that the sun is the center of the universe and not the earth). You can see the buildings, the campus, the university square and the park that adjoins. However, the campus has many locations across the city so you will only be seeing a small portion of it.

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Eschenbach in der Oberpfalz, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Copernicus went to school here! I only got to tour briefly and hear a few snippets, but if I'd had more time I would definitely take the time to tour the inside of the university!

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The courtyard is a Renaissance icon with a clock that has a procession of historic figures that perambulate to music. Be warned though. It only does this when it strikes 3, 6, 9 and 12 so don't wait around as I did for it to strike at any other hour.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Been to Krakov several times and never visited. What a place. full of history. One of the oldest I believe in Poland.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The Collegium Maius inner court, corridor and yard are interesting and beautiful. Nice architecture, statues and devices (and clock :)). You should take the interesting museum tour inside the building which takes about 45 minutes and shows a some cool chambers, books, instruments, etc. The bad thing I have to say about it is that the guide was like a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Great bit of history and very well kept. Just shows how far we have come with technolgy. Very interesting.

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