II Stuba Communis, Collegium Maius, Kraków

The room’s design is enriched by the baroque spiral oak wood staircase made in Gdańsk at the beginning of the 18th century. The staircase comes from the suburban residence of the Potocki family in Krzeszowice. Next to the staircase, there is a heavily decorated vestibule cabinet from the early 18th century, in which silver tableware from that period is displayed. In the corner next to the cabinet, there is a stove from 1647 in the shape of a minaret, which attests to the great influence of oriental culture on Polish culture.

On the other side of the room, a gothic bay window, built in 1439, deserves special attention. In the background, there is a sculpted figure of King Casimir the Great, the founder of the University of Kraków. Made of polychromed linden wood, coated with gold and silver, the figure dates to circa 1380 and originally belonged to the collegiate church in Wiślica.

The room is filled with dim light since the stained glass windows made of rondels, popular in Poland in the 15th and 16th centuries, have a decorative value but do not let much light in. This is why the seats, where professors used to sit and read, are near the windows. There are also beautiful 18th-century wall scones with reflectors above each entrance to the room. A collection of tin vessels complements the entire decor.   

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