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Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius

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Neighbourhood: Stare Miasto
As featured in Museum Guide for Krakow
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Address: ul. Jagiellonska 15, Krakow 31-010, Poland
Phone Number:
+48 12 422 05 49
10:00 - 14:30
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Mon 10:00 - 14:15
Tue 10:00 - 15:15
Wed - Fri 10:00 - 14:15
Sat 10:00 - 14:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

First founded in 1364, this integral part of Krakow life has many...

First founded in 1364, this integral part of Krakow life has many distinguished alumni including distinguished Polish intellectuals, political leaders and well-known international figures like Nicolaus Copernicus and Pope John Paul II. The Collegium Maius is the oldest surviving building of the university.

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Very beautiful university

This is one of the oldest and prestiges universities in the world with many good programs. If you study here, you would feel proud that you somehow connect with Pope Paul II. He... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the oldest and prestiges universities in the world with many good programs. If you study here, you would feel proud that you somehow connect with Pope Paul II. He was once at this university.

Thank Yali L
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You'll likely visit the University if you go on a walking tour. And while it does have an interesting history, it's usually just a quick stop before moving on.

Thank Mike G
Paphos, Cyprus
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We only popped in as we were passing. Did not enter the actual buildings but spent time in the courtyard. the place looked very impressive. Wished we had explored a little more. This is part of the free city tours and will take time to hopefully explore it at a later date.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a bit difficult to find if you dont know where it is, the entrance to the patio was free, and we were lucky to see the show of the clock (i assume every "o' clock" hour), not very spectacular,

Thank Pepusina
Krakow, Poland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Try to be there at full hour and the best at noon as you can enjoy chime clock with small moving statues

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is covered on the free walking tours. This is the best way to learn about Kraków and what happened to the professors at the university during the occupation, but if you miss this, go into the courtyard to see the clock,

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been here a few times but it is always interesting to come back. Jagiellonian University has a long and interesting history, and here you will get a very interesting view on this and famous former students of the university. Very easy to find in the immediate vicinity of the main market square.

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Dent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even if you're not a scientist, book onto the long tour of the Collegium Maius. you will be immersed in the history of one of the oldest universities at the cutting edge of science over the centuries. It was absolutely fascinating both in terms of the architecture and scientific instruments. Only 12 people on our guided tour and 6 of... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Check out the main "quad" in this historical university, and be sure to visit the gift shop to pick up a T-shirt.

Thank Joe D
York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

We did the english tour here, you can only go inside if you book onto a tour. There are lots of treasures here worth seeing if you are interested in either theology, philosophy, the sciences or astronomy.

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