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Architectours Special | University Town Halle (Saale)

In 2002, the Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg celebrated its 500th anniversary. This refers to the foundation of Wittenberg University, Martin Luther’s and Philipp Melanchthon’s alma mater. The most famous (fictional) student at that university was perhaps Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet. Halle University was founded in 1694. It quickly became one of the most modern universities in Central Europe and the precursor of the enlightenment in Germany. In the same year, August Herrmann Francke founded a complex of educational institutions, the Franckesche Stiftungen (Francke Foundation). Francke’s schools had a model character and were significant for devising Prussian school policies. Since 1990, the Martin-Luther-University as well as the Francke Foundation have undergone a remarkable process of modernisation. Lovingly restored historical buildings interact harmonically with new buildings of high quality. Unlike Magdeburg and Dessau, Halle (Saale) hardly suffered any damage in the Second World War. In fact, only the old town hall and the area around the station was hit by bombs. The Old Town with its impressive five towers at the market square and unique and beautiful areas built at the end of the 19th century remained almost undamaged.  more...

University City Halle (Saale) Projects:
Overview map displaying objects  [PDF]
Foundations of Francke [PDF]
Haendel house - square [PDF]
Max-Planck-Institute for Ethnological Research [PDF]
Biologicum of the Martin-Luther-University [PDF]
Students residence halls at the Landrain [PDF]
Medical Faculty of the Martin-Luther-University [PDF]
Auditorium Maximum [PDF]
Juridicum [PDF]
Culture Island - New Theatre [PDF]
further project recommendations [PDF]




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