Collegium Maius

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Collegium Maius
Courtyard of the Collegium Maius
Location Kraków
Country Poland
Website http://www.uj.edu.pl/
History
Founder(s) Władysław II Jagiełło
Architecture
Architectural type Polish Gothic manor
Completed 1364

The Collegium Maius (Latin for "Great College"), in Kraków Old Town, Poland, is the Jagiellonian University's oldest building, dating back to the 14th century. It stands at the corner of ulica Jagiellońska (Jagiellon Street) and ulica Świętej Anny (St. Anne Street) near the main city centre.

History[edit]

The then 36-year-old first university in Poland, known at the time as Akademia krakowska (English: the Krakow Academy), moved into the building some time in the 14th century after King Władysław II Jagiełło had purchased it as an educational grant with funds bequeathed by his late wife, Queen Jadwiga.

The Collegium Maius was rebuilt in the late 15th century as a late-Gothic structure surrounding a large courtyard bordered with arcades. In 1517 a well was built in the center of the courtyard. Professors lived and worked upstairs, while lectures were held downstairs.

In the 1490s the Collegium Maius counted among its students Nicolaus Copernicus, the Renaissance astronomer and polymath who would revolutionize European ideas about the universe.

Cultural significance[edit]

The Collegium Maius Museum features lecture rooms, communal halls, professors’ quarters, a library and a treasury containing rectors' Gothic maces and the Jagiellonian globe. Exhibits also include medieval scientific instruments, globes, paintings, collectibles, furniture, coins and medals.

Historic interiors of Collegium Maius
Stuba Communis (professor's common room) in the Collegium 
Collegium Maius Assembly Hall 

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External links[edit]

Media related to Collegium Maius in Kraków at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 50°03′42″N 19°56′02″E / 50.06167°N 19.93389°E / 50.06167; 19.93389