Collegium Nobilium (Warsaw)

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Building of the Collegium Nobilium today

The Collegium Nobilium, the "College for nobles", was an elite boarding college for the sons of magnates and wealthy nobles (szlachta), founded in 1740 in Warsaw by the Piarist intellectual, Stanisław Konarski, and run by his religious brethren.[1] It is often confused with another college foundation in Warsaw of the same name, only founded by the Jesuits in 1752 and serving the same demographic. That one was forced to close as a result of the suppression of the Society of Jesus in Western Europe in 1777.[2]


The Piarist school existed until 1832 and was one of the predecessors of Warsaw University. It was initially called Collegium Novum, but its name was changed in the autumn of 1741. It operated in a building on Warsaw's Długa Street. Later, it was moved to the district of Żoliborz. The aim of the Collegium Nobilium was to educate future leaders of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, and to prepare them to run the country (see also Great Sejm, Constitution of 3 May 1791). The curriculum was spread over eight years, with grades II, IV, and V, consisting of two year cycles. The school had an unusual syllabus for the time, concentrating on natural sciences, mathematics, philosophy and modern languages, and with less emphasis on Latin and Greek. Stanisław Konarski selected well-educated teachers and introduced courses in history, law, economics and science.[3]

The Collegium Nobilium building was almost completely destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising. It was rebuilt after the war, together with its classical façade.[3]

Other Piarist schools[edit]

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  1. ^ Sobolewska Strzelczak, Beata (2013). "Początki szkolnictwa pijarskiego. Inspiracje dla współczesnej teorii i praktyki pedagogicznej" (PDF). Perspectiva. Legnickie Studia Teologiczno-Historyczne (in Polish). Vol. 2, no. 23. p. 162.
  2. ^ Grzebień, Ludwik, ed. (2004). Encyklopedia wiedzy o jezuitach na ziemiach Polski i Litwy, 1564-1995 (in Polish). Kraków. p. 721.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  3. ^ a b Heyman, Łukasz (1976). Nowy Żoliborz 1918–1939 (in Polish). Wrocław: Ossolineum. p. 36.