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  The Jagiellonian University's gothic grand college, Collegium Maius, is a unique example of medieval academe still standing.  

Krakow University, founded in 1364, moved into the corner building at today's Jagiellonska street and Sw. Anny street in the year 1400. The Gothic architecture of Collegium Maius, the Great College, dates back to 1496. Nowadays it contains Museum of the Jagiellonian University (Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego), a small interactive science museum for children, a museum shop, and a cellar coffee shop.

  • Central courtyard of the Collegium Maius with surrounding Gothic arcades dates from the 15th century. It has been modeled on the oldest Italian universities of Bologna and Padua. Its central marble well is of 1517.

  • Clock show takes place on the courtyard of the Collegium Maius at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. Launched in 1999 it features a procession of wooden representations of historical figures connected with the Krakow university - a beadle, Saint Queen Jadwiga, King Vladislav II Jagiello, St. John of Kety, Hugon Kollontaj, and Prefessor Stanislav of Skalbmierz (in order of appearance). The statues were made in the 1950s by Wladislaw Kozyra, a village artist. The music consists of the traditional academic anthem Gaudeamus Igitur and fragments of the 16th-century Polish composition by John of Lublin.

  • Libraria (Library) dates from the 16th century. With time the university library had outgrew its original premises and in the 19th century it took up the entire Collegium Maius. Now the Jagiellonian Library occupies two large purpose-built modern edifices at 23 Mickiewicza avenue outside the historic center of Krakow.

  • Stuba Communis (the Common Room) served as a dining room and a drawing room for professors who lived upstairs and taught students downstairs.

  • Aula (Senate Hall) with a wooden Renaissance ceiling and portraits of the Polish kings was the oldest lecture hall of the the Collegium Maius. Now it's the venue for sessions of the Jagiellonian University's governing body called senate and various ceremonies such as awarding of doctorates.



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