"almost all my memories have this connection with the university."
University of Krakow Courtyard
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The University of Cracow is one of the oldest universities in Europe. It was originally founded under a Royal Charter issued by King Casimir III and the Papal Decree of Pope Urban V. The University, later to take on the name of Jagiellonian University, was first founded in 1364, and at the time it became the second oldest university in Poland.  Incorporating a broad range of educational schools, the university is renowned particularly for its school of astronomy and physics, thanks in large part to one of its most famous students, Nicolaus Copernicus. Other notable students include Pope John Paul II, Stanislaw Lem, and Carl Menger.