Former Jesuit College

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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
Kolegium jezuitów w Poznaniu - Former Jesuits College in Poznan
Jul 2020
Jesuits College in Poznan it is a fine Baroque complex built in years 1701-33 on the plan of horse shoe use to be one of the biggest, prestigious and most important academies in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and by many considered protoplast of A. Mickiewicz University. Actually, for short period of time; since the reign of Zygmunt III Waza till Jan III Sobieski rule (approximately 1611-1678) by virtue of royal privileges (issued and confirmed by kings Zygmunt III Waza, Jan Kazimierz and Jan III Sobieski) Jesuits College functioned as first Poznan's university, but its existence was torpedoed by Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Nevertheless in times of its existence Jesuits College in Poznan was also one of the most modern academies in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth where students were taught physics, astronomy, mathematics, geometry, antic languages, law and modern languages among the other subjects. Architecturally Jesuits College belongs to Baroque style. Its pink façade is divided by white pillars and cornices that creates so called "Great Order". The oldest part of the complex are southern and western wings. Eastern wing and northern one with the tower were added in 1737. Originally, College's inner yard was surrounded with cloisters and connected with nearby Maria Magdalene and St. Stanislaus Church, but in 19th century most of the cloisters was bricked up. After second partition of Poland, College was divided into two middle schools and seat of occupying power of Prussia. In first half of the 19th century, for brief period of time Jesuits Collage served as a seat of viceroy of Grand Duchy of Poznan and was visited by many influential personages as Napoleon Bonaparte, Tsar Alexander I, Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington or Fryderyk Chopin. Nowadays, buildings of former Jesuits College housing Poznan's City Hall and other offices. Impressive building. I don't know how they were able to do it, but most of the historical buildings compared to modern one is simply beautiful. Guess, people of the past had better taste.
Written February 14, 2021
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,972 contributions
Great building
Jun 2019 • Couples
It is today the seat of the Poznan municipality. Not by chance, the building is amazing. Former it was part of the Franciscan church.
Written June 24, 2019
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Lewis Gorman
Cherry Hill, New Jersey40 contributions
Extension of the St Stanislaus church
Nov 2018 • Family
The pink and white buildings are now municipal building but used to be part of a Jesuit college. In the 1700s they tried to get permission to become a university, and got the Polish king's permission. At the time there was only one university in Poland and that was in Krakow, The university in Krakow didn't want the competition and got the Pope to nix the deal. It took another 300 years to get a university in Poznan.
Written November 6, 2018
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Kathyey1
Salt Lake City, UT246 contributions
Impressive
Sep 2018 • Couples
All over Poznan there is stunning architecture. This is one of them. Beautiful building and definitely a photo op. There is also a beautiful church nearby but not sure if it is actually part of the College. Given the proximity it definitely could be. A very short walk from the Old Town Square. Also a nice quiet place to sit and take a rest.
Written September 24, 2018
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,735 contributions
Another impressive Poznan building
Aug 2018 • Friends
This is another well restored old building in the centre of Poznan which might be worth a stop as you explore the area. It was too late in the day to go inside when I was there, but still looks good from the outside.
Written September 16, 2018
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Chelsea B
Milton Keynes, UK1,834 contributions
Beautiful
Nov 2017 • Friends
The beautifully coloured former Jesuits college, founded in 1570 as a place from friars to teach young people and now houses the city council. A lovely place to visit
Written January 5, 2018
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Lalo E
149 contributions
Nice patio for a break
Sep 2016 • Couples
We bumped into the College's patio by chance really, but its a nice place for a break from the walking tour.
Written September 6, 2016
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Slavo M
80 contributions
Impressive pink beauty
Jun 2016 • Solo
This Baroque complex is one of the biggest and best-preserved of the kind in Poland. Its jewel and culmination, as well as, integral part - the Parish Church, is one of the most beautiful Baroque churches ever built. Though collegiate buildings are nowadays occupied by the city council and authorities, along with adjacent park, they never cease to amaze when you walk by.
Written September 2, 2016
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bdon257
Morpeth, UK4,821 contributions
A beautiful building with Chopin park to the rear
Sep 2015 • Couples
This College is part of the Lesser Basilica of St Stanislaus and now used by the civic authorities as a City Hall. The popular Cafe Misja is located in the basement.
Written September 20, 2015
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