On June 24, 1712, the university's chancellor Prof. Dr. Melchior Kirchner laid the foundation-stone for the "Old University", as the building is called today. The architect was Johann Adam Breunig of Mainz. The "Alte Aula" (Old Assembly Hall) built by the architect Josef Durm was added in 1885 shortly before the university's 500th anniversary. The artist Ferdinand Keller created the painting of the front wall, depicting the arrival of the Greek goddess of wisdom, Pallas Athene, in Heidelberg. Bronze figures on the right and left symbolize the call and genius of science. The ceiling holds paintings depicting the four university faculties, i.e. philosophy, medicine, law and theology. Another object of interest is to be found at the University Square in front of the building: The "Löwenbrunnen", as this fountain is called, is crowned by a lion symbolizing the power of the Palatinate.
Fondest memory: Adress Grabengasse 3
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