Bahnhofstrasse 18, Luzern (Photo: Wolfgang Schatz)
Detail of the Lucerne city view by Martin Martini: grammar school (from 1579), institution of higher education (from 1599) (Source: State Archives Lucerne)

The Academy projects of 1647 and 1847

The Jesuit college building at Bahnhofstrasse 18 currently houses the Lucerne cantonal department of education and culture. From 1579, the building was used as a secondary school and then from 1599 a tertiary college for theology and philosophy was added.

The 17th century was the golden period of the Jesuit college, with up to 600 school and college students attending classes. In 1647, the college came close to becoming a university with the right to award all academic degrees, and 200 years later plans to develop the college into a university were again put into place.

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