Jagiellonian University

ul. Gołębia 24, Kraków


Karol Wojtyła first visited the Jagiellonian University as a 10-year-old, when he attended the doctoral title awarding ceremony of his older brother, who was a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine.

In 1938, he started studying Polish language at the same university; sadly, his education was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. During the occupation, Wojtyła continued his studies underground, this time at the Faculty of Theology. In 1948, he obtained his doctorate based on a thesis entitled Religious doctrine of St. John of the Cross. In 1953, he defended his habilitation thesis, which turned out to be the last one in his scientific career at the Faculty of Theology, which was removed in 1954 by the communist authorities as a manifestation of their aversion towards religion.

On the 22nd June 1983, he was awarded honoris causa doctorate by the Jagiellonian University. The award ceremony was held in Collegium Maius, the oldest building of the university. The front wall of the Faculty of Polish Studies on Gołębia Street features a plaque commemorating Karol Wojtyła's studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (the plaque was revealed on the 27th April 2011; before that, it had been mounted inside the building).

Translation: Summa Linguae


Date: 2016-02-18 Show ticket
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