University of Cervera

The Royal and Pontifical University of Cervera (Spanish: Real y Pontificia Universidad de Cervera) was a Spanish university located in Cervera, Province of Lleida, Catalonia.

University of Cervera
Universitat de Cervera
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Main patio of the former building
Latin: Academia Cervariensis
Other name
Real y Pontificia Universidad de Cervera
Active1717 (1717)–1835 (1835)
Location, ,
41°40′14″N 1°16′27″E / 41.67062°N 1.27429°E / 41.67062; 1.27429Coordinates: 41°40′14″N 1°16′27″E / 41.67062°N 1.27429°E / 41.67062; 1.27429

The institution was founded in 1717 by Philip V of Spain, who sought to compensate Cervera for its supportive stance during the War of the Spanish Succession. Conversely, he also sought to penalize the rest of Catalonia for its support to the Habsburgs. Thus, the six existing universities in the Principality were banned and their faculties disbanded or transferred to Cervera.[1][2]

By 1767, the influence of the university had decayed and it finally closed its doors in 1835.[3]

On 7 November 1947, the former building of the university, designed by Francesc Soriano and constructed from 1718 to 1740, was declared a cultural monument of national significance by the Spanish government.[4]

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  1. ^ Feingold, Mordechai; Navarro-Brotons, Víctor (9 January 2006). Universities and Science in the Early Modern Period. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. p. 275. ISBN 978-1-4020-3974-4. OCLC 238734841. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  2. ^ Zanazzi, Silvia (1 September 2014). Evaluating and financing university research: A Comparative Case Study: Italy, France, Spain and Germany. Rome, Italy: Edizioni Nuova Cultura. p. 42. ISBN 978-88-6812-356-7. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  3. ^ "1717-1835: The University of Cervera". University of Barcelona. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Decreto de 7 de noviembre de 1947 por el que se declara monumento histórico-artístico al edificio de la Universidad de Cervera (Lérida)". Revista nacional de educación (in Spanish). Madrid, Spain: Ministerio de Educación Nacional. 1947. pp. 87–88. Retrieved 27 September 2014.