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“Second oldest university in Europe” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius

Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius
Jagiellonska 15, Krakow 31-010, Poland (Stare Miasto)
48 12 422 05 49
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Small-Group Krakow Old Town Walking Tour...
Ranked #22 of 226 things to do in Krakow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“Second oldest university in Europe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Caught up in the troubled history of Poland, The Jagiellion University is an absolute jewel. Home of Copernicus and site of his world changing discoveries. The extended tour takes you through rooms full of old masters, scientific instruments, maps, decorative arts, etc, etc. The collection maps the history of Poland's arts and sciences as well as it's connections to the courts of Europe. Many of the exhibits were taken during WWII and continue to be repatriated. As an example of the Polish contribution to the international world of arts and sciences there is an Oscar in the Jagiellion collection. This lifetime achievement award was presented by Jane Fonda in 2000 to the great Polish film director Andrej Wajda, who, in turn, donated the statuette to the permanent collection of the university. It's a must see.

Visited December 2013
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“beautiful university”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

This is a must see! check out the free entry days! Beautiful interior and great historical exhibition. They also play music before opening the iron door to the exhibition, which is really nice.

Visited June 2013
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“Very interesting and historic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The tour around this beautiful historic building was great value and there were only 3 people on it! The guide was very knowledgeable about the wide variety of eclectic artefacts, paintings, tapestries and furniture on display, many of which had significance to the university and its famous students. It's good to know the building is still regularly used today as well.

Visited February 2014
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Brno, Czech Republic
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“A must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

This was one of the best place I have visited during 2 times spending in Krakow. Should be in top 3 places to visit in this town. Many interesting things to see there, dont miss it!

Visited March 2013
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Nashville, Indiana
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“Oldest University in Europe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

To be able to go to this university, people come from all over the world. It is truly a wonder to walk around. Because of hard economic times, there are quite a few students that obtain careers outside of Poland...Even some Poles work in Norway, England, etc and fly home on weekends.

Visited November 2013
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