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Old University Assembly Hall (Alte Aula)

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The “University House”, originally named “aula nova”, was built in 1547 on the site of the “Sapienz”, which had burnt down several years before.
Under the classic pointed gables of the half-timbered building, grain was stored as part of the professors’ salaries. As the central building of the university it housed the archive, the library, and lecture halls. On the top floor were the ballroom and the meeting rooms in which the senate sat, academic degrees were awarded, and punishments were imposed on university citizens. The fivestory building, which is built into the steep southern slope, can be entered from the Münzgasse into the third floor. In honor of the university’s 300- year anniversary in 1777, the building was retrofitted with a hip roof, a plastered façade, and a balcony in the classical style. In 1822 the lecture halls were described as “unbelievably destitute, dark, cold … everyone brought his own candle stub in his trouser pocket and stuck it to the table”.
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48.519972, 9.055643
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48°31'11.9"N 9°03'20.3"E
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Old University Assembly Hall (Alte Aula)

Münzgasse 30
72074 Tübingen

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