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University, Wroclaw: 19 reviews and 74 photos

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The University origins from a Jesuit College from 1628. In 1702 it was 'upgraded' by Emperor Leopold I. to a University. In 1810 it was secularised. Many famous scientists have studied and taught there, e.g. Nobel Prize winners Theodor Mommsen, Fritz Haber, Max Born. Nowadays about 40,000 students are enrolled.

The main building - Collegium Maximum - is a beautiful Baroque building, with a simple northern facade of 171 m along the Odra river and a very beautifully decorated southern facade towards University square. It was built 1728-41. Several of its magnificent auditorium halls were destroyed but a few survived resp. were reconstructed, among the latter the Oratorium Marianum (the music hall, see pictures) where often classical music concerts take place. Famous ensembles perform there, it must be a wonderful experience to attend.

Beside the Oratorium Marianum you can visit the Longchamps Hall and the Mathematician Tower. Highlight, however, is the Aula Leopoldina, see next tip.

Opening hours: Thur - Tue (closed Wed) 10 am - 3.30 pm
Admission fee for all four halls: 10 PLN, for students/kids 6 PLN
Admission fee for two out of the four halls: 6 PLN, for students/kids 4 PLN
(I recommend to pick Oratorium Marianum and Aula Leopoldina as the two out of four. The box office is in Longchamps hall, so you can catch a glimpse of that one anyway :-))

Address: pl. Uniwersytecki 1
Directions: North of Rynek, by the Odra river
Phone: +48 71 375 22 15
Website: http://www.uni.wroc.pl/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 5, 2009
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