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Karolinum, Prague

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Karolinum is a complex of buildings located in the Old Town of the City of Prague. Karolinum, the seat of the Charles University in Prague, is one of the oldest dormitories situated in the Central Europe. The dormitory was named after the Emperor Charles IV.HistoryShortly after the establishing of Charles University in 1348, the young insititution encountered several organizational problems. One of the major complications was the lack of lecture and accommodation rooms for teachers and students. Emperor Charles IV, apparently inspired by the organization of the Sorbonne college in Paris and by the newly founded universities in Kraków (1364) and Vienna (1365), decided to donate to the school a new college. In 1366, the university received the house of the Jew Lazar, located in the Prague's Old Town. However, the school was donated really representative rooms only in the early 1380s by Wenceslaus, the son of Charles IV. For this purpose Wenceslaus chose a residence of the wealthy German merchant Johlin (Jan) Rotlev. Rotlev's son Martin (who financed the second oldest German translation of Bible) was closely linked with the court and supported the reformist tendencies of the university. Though it is known that Martin Rotlev inherited the palace, the way by which it passed into the possession of the university remains unknown. The coat of arms of the Rotlev family is a part of the decoration of an oriel window of the college. In addition to the Rotlev Palace, King Wenceslaus also bought the surrounding buildings and rebuilt them for the purposes of the school.
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  • Don't stop to meet unless you are visiting Prague for many days, but it's nice to do the tour of the city and move to know where it is and take a look at least on the outside, knowing the history and connection to the University, in addition to being on the side of the Estate theatre
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  • This unique monument belongs to Charles University since 1383. After building adaptations Carolinum became not only the seat of professors, but also ceremonial assembly and residence of the rector, ac...  more »
  • The building was built in the fourteenth century, is the oldest institution of higher education in Prague. Was reconstructed many times since then. Facade and exterior decoration is no issue age. Inside is much more interesting. It is better to come here with a guided tour, history of Prague University carries a lot of bizarre facts.
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