Collegium Novum

ul. Gołębia 24, 33-332 Kraków

The most impressive edifice of the Jagiellonian University designed by Feliks Księżarski and erected between 1883 and 1887. It was located in place of two demolished dormitories: Philosophers Dormitory and Jerusalem Dormitory.

Collegium Novum is an outstanding example of neo-Gothic architecture, with a splendidly composed monumental façade made of raw brick. Above the sharply terminated arches of the arcade with embedded gates, there are five large windows of a two-storey high assembly hall. In the pediments of the windows and above them, we can notice polychromed coats of arms of the university's benefactors. Higher up, the top coping contains the coat of arms of the university depicting St. Stanislaus holding a shield with the Polish eagle.

The second floor contains the infamous room 56, in which Germans arrested 183 employees of the university and other Kraków schools of higher education on the 6th November 1939 during the so-called Sonderaktion Krakau. They were transported to a camp in Sachsenhausen, whence few have returned. They are commemorated by a plaque embedded in one of the walls of the room.

Currently, Collegium Novum is the main administrative building of the Jagiellonian University, containing the rectorate, professors' offices, bursaries and several lecture halls.

Date: 2016-05-05 Show ticket
News author: Karol Róg
News Publisher: Portal główny EN
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