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In the year 1551 St. Ignatius de Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), built the first school held by the Jesuits in Rome, with an important library, and this was called the Roman College. Its success was so great that Ignatius was obliged to find a new site in order to accommodate all the students.

In 1584, in the Place that took the name Piazza del Collegio Romano, Pope Gregory XIII dedicated the new building of the Roman College, which is still in use. The University took the name ‘Gregorian’ from this Pope, who was thereafter called its ‘founder and protector’.

The Roman College played a central role in the scientific debate from the beginning. Among its professors of science, was one of the most influential mathematicians of the XVII century, Christopher Clavius. He was in close relationship with Galileo Galilei, who also owed very much to the Roman College for his scientific background.

In 1873, after the unification of Italy, the University was obliged to relocate, this time in Palazzo Borromeo. In the same year Pope Pius IX accorded to it the title of ‘Pontifical University of the Roman College’.

The University grew so much that in 1919 Pope Benedict XV bought in Piazza della Pilotta some ground in order to erect a new building to accommodate the University. The foundation stone was laid in 1924 and the building was unveiled in 1930. Piazza della Pilotta is in the centre of Rome, on the edge of the Quirinale hill; it is very near to the Trevi Fountain.

Pontifical Gregorian University
Piazza della Pilotta, 4
00187 Rome (Italy)


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