Lund University Main Building

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Lund University Main Building
Building
Lunds universitet.jpg
The main building of the University of Lund.
Country Sweden
County Skåne County
City Lund
Location 55°42′21″N 13°11′36″E / 55.70583°N 13.19333°E / 55.70583; 13.19333Coordinates: 55°42′21″N 13°11′36″E / 55.70583°N 13.19333°E / 55.70583; 13.19333
Length 60 m (197 ft)
Width 57 m (187 ft)
Author Helgo Zettervall
Material concrete, bricks
Founded 1882
Owner The Government of Sweden through The National Property Board of Sweden
Open to the public partially
Easiest access Paradisgatan 2
Swedish Data Base of Built Heritage 21400000691592 (in Swedish)
Legal protection Listed buildings in Sweden
Website: Universitetshuset, Lund - SFV (in Swedish)

The main building of the Swedish Lund University was designed by architect Helgo Zettervall and inaugurated by King Oscar II in 1882. Construction began in 1874, when the old main building Kungshuset had become too small for the growing number of students.

The design is characterised by Helgo Zettervall's fascination with classical antiquity, and features columns and fancy copings. There were originally four sphinxes on the roof, but they had to be removed after some 30 years because of bad quality. In the 1990s four new sphinxes were located on the roof.

Like many of Zettervall's buildings, it was criticized for a lack of uniformity and not being well thought out.

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