Charles University in Prague

Things you might not know about Charles University in Prague.

Maybe not all of you know but Charles University is one of the oldest universities in Europe.

Founded in 1347, it was also the first university in the Roman Empire and in central Europe.

The establishment of the university in Prague was inspired by Charles of Luxemburg. In 1347, Charles of Luxemburg and the Pope, who was an important ally, issued the establishement of the University.

In 1348 Charles, King of Bohemia, gave to the established university privileges and immunities fom the secular power. But it wasn't until 1349 that the university opened.

During 1882-1945 the university was divided into German and Czech parts. In the German University one of the many notable academics was Albert Einstein, in Theoretical Physics.

The seal of Charles University shows its protector, Emperor Charles IV, whit his coat of arms as King of the Romans and King of Bohemia, kneeling in front of St. Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia. It is surrounded by the inscription, Sigillum Universitatis Scolarium Studii Pragensis (Seal of the Prague academia)

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