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The college is situated in the "rue des Irlandais" (and that's not a joke) and originates from 1578 but only in this building from 1775. More well known today as being the Irish Cultural Centre, although still carrying on with collegial activity, it has musical and poetry evenings. The buildings were confiscated in 1793 during the Revolution but recuperated a couple of years after. Unfortunately the entire original library collection was lost during that time. Todays library is considered a museum and is not a working one, and has some 8000 volumes recuperated from the Scotch college and the English seminary. There was no one available to tell us if we could visit or not, so contented ourselves with a short tour of the snowbound garden. There are several interesting plaques on the walls in the cloister, notably one that shows that Jean-Paul II came to these premises as Karol Wojtyla between 1947 and 1977 as these buildings also house the Polish Seminary. Another gives thanks from the U.S. Army dated 1945 for the use of the premises at the end of WWII.
The web site below is in French or English.
Nearest metros are Cardinal Lemoine or Place Monge.
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