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Gymnasium Christianeum

Gymnasium Christianeum

Otto-Ernst-Straße 34, Hamburg, 22605, Germany

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MO 07:00 – 16:00 SA closed
TU 07:00 – 16:00 SU closed
WE 07:00 – 16:00
TH 07:00 – 16:00
FR 07:00 – 16:00
Description The Gymnasium Christianeum in Hamburg is a famous former "Latin school" in Hamburg, northern Germany. Founded in 1738 by King Christian VI of Denmark, it is now housed in a building planned by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen.HistoryThe first Latin school here was founded as early as 1688 in Altona . Decades later the school acquired the status of a famous Gymnasium, the most famous in the duchy of Holstein, and was re-founded by Christian VI. In 1971 the school was relocated from Hamburg-Altona to its current location in the quarter Othmarschen.The history of the Christianeum reflects also the history of Altona, Schleswig Holstein and Denmark.In 1738 when the first eight students enlisted themselves. Two years later the founder Christian the VI. visited the new school. In the following years the school expanded. In 1745 it had already 45 students and four years later the first Jewish student attended the school. Between 1738 and 1800 many famous intellectuals attended the christianeum as the philosopher Salomon Maimon and the poet Johann Christoph Unzer or the famous Danish painter Jes Bundsen.In 1816, king Frederik the VI donated the FLORA DANICA, one of the most precious treasures, even nowadays, to the library of the Christianeum, just 16 years later the distinguished historian Theodor Mommsen attended the school. He is probably one of the most famous students the school has ever had. In 1853 followed the philosopher Friedrich Paulsen. In 1880 the Christianeum was rebuilt. In 1885 461 students attended the Christianeum and in the same year the first school trip was made. The 150-anniversary was celebrated in 1888.

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