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Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius

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Address: ul. Jagiellonska 15, Krakow 31-010, Poland
Phone Number:
+48 12 422 05 49
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10:00 am - 2:15 pm
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Hours:
Mon 10:00 am - 2:15 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 3:15 pm
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 2:15 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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First founded in 1364, this integral part of Krakow life has many...

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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Hallowed halls of learning in Krakow

Though not terribly large, the Collegium Maius is an atmospheric time capsule of one the world's earliest universities. I liked that it was not overly crowded and very accessible... read more

Reviewed June 12, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed June 12, 2015

Though not terribly large, the Collegium Maius is an atmospheric time capsule of one the world's earliest universities. I liked that it was not overly crowded and very accessible. The tour in English allowed you to conjure images of Copernicus at study in this instituition. We visited in 1999, so this may well not be the case today!

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 28, 2015

There is open access to the lovely courtyard and we arrived in time to see the 1pm performance of the clock. The little doors above the clock face open and a parade of wooden figures circulate to accompaniment of music. We joined a tour of the college and museum Our guide, a young woman who spoke excellent English, showed us... More 

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Reviewed May 12, 2015

Beautiful old university building with interesting museum, and associations with Copernicus the renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model putting the Sun at the centre of the universe. However I do have to take issue with this theory as I’ve been trying to convince the wife for years that I’m the centre of her universe! The various rooms with... More 

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Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Worth a visit to see the clock strike the hour and the wooden figures parade. A lovely courtyard with overlooking balcony. As the museum was closed we cannot comment on the interior.

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Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

I'm reviewing to best of my knowledge and awesome experience. If you are a nature lover and want to shift the focus away from hustle bustle of city life,I would suggest to visit this botanical garden. European summer makes this very beautiful with many vArieties of flowers and a small pond. There is a one big glass house as well.... More 

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Reviewed May 6, 2015

We had visited Jagiellonian University (the "rooms" of Copernicus) many years ago, but recently took friends to see where Copernicus spent some student days... and to see the "tools" he used to map the universe... still awe inspiring ... new English speaking tours are great as one can see the suite of rooms used by the professors, how they lived... More 

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Reviewed May 1, 2015 via mobile

We had an excellent tour with a spontaneous guide. She did not stick to the script and made our visit a pleasure.

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Reviewed April 27, 2015

This must be one of the most beautiful courtyards in Europe. Simply wonderful. This college is not in a well-known street so has to be looked for, but is well worth the effort to see

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Girona
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Reviewed April 26, 2015

I had previously booked a guided tour with an English speaking guide who was Polish with a really difficult accent in English and an acute sense of humour... Anyhow, it was a very entertaining visit. It lasted just half an hour but the rooms and items showed were great! I specially liked all the stories linked with Copernicus, who lived... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed April 19, 2015

one of the most impressive university museums I've ever seen, witness of a fascinating history, and very well laid out. the tour guide, fluent in English, was excellent.

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