“In appreciation of The Collegium Maius, and of Ms. Anna”
Krakow boasts innumerable museums, churches and nice buildings, all within easy walking distance from the huge central square, the Rynek Glowny. Just 200m down Sw. Anny street you find Collegium Maius, the old University building as rebuilt after the 1492 fire. The University itself dates back to 1364.
We were twice lucky: first we booked by chance the 13:00 tour, the long tour that is organized only once a day, and we were welcomed and guided around by Ms. Anne Lohn, a very knowledgeable art historian, in impeccable English, and her German is even better.
500 years ago the professors not only worked but also lived within the walls of the University. We were taken through stately rooms, rooms that are still used today for special occasions, and some private rooms where the professors lived. Hundreds of portraits of professors and benefactors looked upon us from the walls while we walked around admiring the furniture and the precious objects and instruments, all presented in a pleasing way, and with bilingual labels.
Then another door swung open leading to a series of smaller rooms with the university’s collection of scientific instruments, one subject per room: physics, geography, chemistry, alchemy, astronomy, optics and many others. This is only visited during the long tour. A real treat for those with an interest in science. Ancient instruments are certainly also works of art.
And before or after the visit have a coffee in the vaulted cellars!
Do not miss this 5-star highlight of Krakow.
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