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Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius
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Reviewed August 11, 2018

Sometimes referred to as "Copernicus College", after the astronomer who published a book in 1543 that caused a major shift in worldview from the earth being the center of the universe, to suggesting that the planets rotated about the sun. It's not too far from the center of old town to walk. See the courtyard and statue of Copernicus in the garden outside.

Thank Gerald D
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

we went here twice on two different free 'walkative' tours, and saw different aspects on each occasion
we were told something of its history, and it is worth doing a little research before you go so that you also have some idea of its past
Th university clock has moving figures. We saw it at 1100. fragments of court music play as the various figures emerge. Each is identifiable, original mechanism from 1465 but renovated several time, last in 2000
university gardens are a pleasant shady place to take a few minutes
It is a really old university, Copernicus was here as was Pope John Paul amongst some of its famous students

Thank Colin K
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

We went for the polish tour (cirka 30 minutes) showing us thr exhibition parts of the university museum as well as Kopernicus related topics. It was interesting and our tour guide did a great job , but we had hoped to see a bit more and the library was undergoing renovations. The tour ended with the 3 o'clock glockspiel.

Thank Ewatte
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Reviewed July 27, 2018

Incredible the age and scholars that have traveled its halls. The clock is a treat as well, so make sure that you are there on the hour.

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Reviewed July 4, 2018

Collegium Maius is the oldest core of the Jagiellonian University, which itself is one of the oldest universities in Europe. So you certainly feel the shadow of centuries here.
Still, it came across as connected to the present. This was in no small part thanks to the guide who led us on a one hour tour of the main rooms. He did a great job of explaining the history of the university, decor and objects in each hall, artifacts associated with some of the people who had studied or worked there [Copernicus, obviously, but also two chemists who were the first in the world to liquify oxygen and nitrogen], etc. The pacing was very good - we got the chance to inspect things while not lingering needlessly. Even our teenage sons enjoyed this. I was also thrilled to see a nice collection of scientifc and navigational instruments.
We took the Polish language tour but foreign ones are offered as well. The price is very reasonable. On this particular occasion we had no trouble getting tickets 10 minutes before the start but this may be different in July and August.

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