Krakow’s Collegium Maius (Major College), in Jagiellonian University
This University Museum is classy…and old. A Must-See in Krakow
We spent a day doing all this, and found it fascinating.
The oldest existing building of the Jagiellonian University is the Collegium Maius, situated at the corner of St. Anne’s Street and Jagiellonska Street. The university was established under the name of Studium Generale by Kazimierz Wielki in 1364 and is one of the oldest universities in Europe. This year they are celebrating its 650th year, an amazing number, indeed a very long span of learning to celebrate. It’s the second oldest university in central Europe, after Prague (1348). The first universities were in Italy, in Bologna (1088) and Padua (early 1200s); and England, in Oxford (1096-1167) and Cambridge (1209).
There are two main reasons to visit the Collegium Maius: the courtyard, which has a free animated clock procession three times a day; and the University Museum. A third reason to visit is the Café U Pecherza coffee shop/snack bar in the rather labyrinthine basement. It’s attractively decorated with colorful paintings of musical instruments and other musical themes—and serves great coffee! Here are a couple of photos of that.
In two separate following posts, I’ll tell about the clock/courtyard, and the museum, so the posts are not too long with all that information!