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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 #11 of 139 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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Indianapolis, IN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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Zemun, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Easy to find, near Main Market Square, impressive red brick building. It is one of the oldest European Universities. Nicolaus Copernicus monument is placed in Planty Park since he was the student there.

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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Found this on the way to someone else. Arrived in time to see the mechanical display of notable figures revolving out of the clock tower.Quite impressive.

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York, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This attraction is worth visiting but the guided tour of the library/museum upstairs was much too fast for those who like to take their time and take photos as I do. I think the guide could have told us much more, while at the rear of the group was a security guard whose presence hindered me from lingering behind a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were fascinated by the history of this university. It is very worth while to visit all the areas on the grounds. A bonus across the street is a exquisite church, worth a look.

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Aberdeen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We visited this lovely old building on our rainy last day as up till then it had been too lovely to think about being inside for long. What a good choice it was - the courtyard itself is lovely but there is a tour of the library/museum upstairs which is only about half and hour or so and is well... More

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Take the tour of the museum. The long English tour (much better than the short) is at 1 every day. This is not to be missed for anyone with any interest in science and history (my wife is a science teacher). You have to book a tour with a guide, who leads you through amazing preserved rooms full of medieval... More

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Wonderful visit. My brother was especially excited to walk in this man's footsteps. I loved the mechanical clock and the figurines. I visited in May of 2010.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is one of the oldest universities in Europe. You can visit some of the old buildings including the historic quadrangle. It is only a short walk from an historic park and also the market square. This is a great cultural institution that deserves at least some time.

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