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Humboldt University

Humboldt University (10)

Next to the National Library you will find Humboldt University.

This building has become an institution and a well-known university whose professors have included figures like Albert Einstein, Karl Marx, Engels and Schopenhauer, receiving the Nobel Prize a total of twenty-nine times. 

Originally, it was built as a palace for Prince Henry of Prussia, between 1748 and 1766. However, it was later donated by King Frederick William.

It is Berlin’s oldest university and was founded in 1810 by the liberal Prussian Wilhelm von Humboldt, one of the most influential intellectuals of the time. Its model was later adopted by many other European universities. Initially it was named ´University of Berlin`, later the ´University of Frederick William`, and then ´Unter den Linden University`. However, in the end it was decided to give the institution its present name, in honour of its founder. In fact, at the gates to the university complex, there are two statues, one in honour of Wilhelm von Humboldt, curiously with an inscription in Spanish naming him as the second discoverer of Cuba. The other is of his brother Alexander, the famous naturalist.

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