University of Wroclaw
The university of Wroclaw is the second oldest in Poland, after the Jagliellonian University of Krakow. The university considers 1702 as the official foundation year. However, it is possible that the building was built two hundred years earlier by Vladislaus II of Bohemia and Hungary. Namely in 1505 the king signed the contract for the University of Silesia. Pope Julius II however, had not given permission. It was Leopold I who had as the first success. That is why the first name of the University was “Leopold’s Academy”. After the order of Jesuits’ was resolved , the University became a state institution.
In the year 1811 the academy of Frankfurt fused with the university of Wroclaw. Thus became it directly one of the biggest universities of Poland, with approximately 40.000 students. There have also quite a number of well-known people have studied at the university of Wroclaw. The pride of the university is the library, where 31.000 antique Polish books can be found, out of the period 1456 till 1800. The architecture of the building is unique, the building is namely divided into different areas: the emperor’s staircase, mathematics tower, oratorio marianum and auditorium Leopoldina. This room, in the baroque building of the university, is in original state dressed and adorned in the same style. The frescos on the ceiling and details on the walls establish a beautiful whole. The building is still only used for ceremonies and is a popular attraction for tourists.
- Address: plac Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wroclaw
- Distance from Palac Jugowice: 74 km, approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes
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