Gymnasium Paulinum

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Gymnasium Paulinum
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Stadtgraben 30
48143 Münster
North Rhine-Westphalia
Type Gymnasium
Founded 797
Founder Ludger
Enrollment 790
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Gymnasium Paulinum is a Gymnasium (secondary) school in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It was founded in around 797 and is claimed to be the oldest school in Germany.

Early history[edit]

Gymnasium Paulinum was established by Ludger the missionary in 797. He had been instructed by Charlemagne in 793 to preach Christianity in north-western Saxony, and subsequently established a monastery in the centre of the former Frankish stronghold of Mimigernaford (also Mimigardeford or Miningarvard), which was later to be known as Münster. He also established a monastic school for future members of the clergy. In 805, when Ludger was appointed Bishop of Münster, the school became a cathedral school. The new "Schola Paulina" was dedicated to St. Paul.

Latest developments[edit]

On October 9th, 2007 the Gymnasium Paulinum was awarded the title "School of Europe" ( Europaschule ) as one of the first of 15 schools in the province of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Notable alumni[edit]

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Coordinates: 51°57′36″N 7°37′01″E / 51.960°N 7.617°E / 51.960; 7.617