DATE: Monday, 3.09.2018
LOCATION: Collegium Maius, Jagiellońska 15 Str.
Collegium Maius – located on the corner of Św. Anny and Jagiellońska Streets, is the oldest university building in Poland.
In 1400 King Ladislaus II Jagiello bequeathed a town house to the University, purchased from the town councillor Piotr Gerhardsdorf (Gersdorf). During the 15th century the college area was increased through the purchase of adjacent houses and the construction of new buildings. After two fires in 1462 and 1492, all the individual houses were joined as one, forming an arcade courtyard surrounded by galleries with the diamond vaults typical of the Late Gothic style. The appearance and function of Collegium Maius was completely changed after alteration works during the period 1840-1870, giving it a neo-Gothic look and creating a new seat for the Jagiellonian Library.
After the Library abandoned the College in 1940, Prof. Karol Estreicher initiated new, extensive renovation works for the period 1949-1964, including the removal of the neo-Gothic additions. During this period, it was decided that the building was to become the location for the Jagiellonian University Museum, giving shelter to the old University collections (works of art and heirlloms), as well as a significant number of scientific instruments.