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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 #21 of 147 Attractions in Krakow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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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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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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

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

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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