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SALVE LUX

POST TENEBRAS

Historia instytucji oświatowych w budynku
dawnego Gimnazjum św. Elżbiety
przy ulicy Dawida we Wrocławiu

Pracz zbiorowa pod redakcją
Jolanty Szablickiej-Żak i Agnieszki Gryglewskiej

Format: 16,5 cm x 23,5 cm
Objętość: 224 str.
Oprawa: broszurowa ze skrzydełkami
Cena detaliczna 35,00 zł

Wersja językowa polska
Publikacja powstała na zlecenie Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

„Wspaniały szkolny pałac” dawnego Gimnazjum św. Elżbiety u zbiegu ulic Jana Władysława Dawida i Joannitów we Wrocławiu budzi podziw użytkowników od ponad 100 lat. W 1903 roku mroczny gmach starej siedziby w sąsiedztwie kościoła św. Elżbiety opuścili jej uczniowie i profesorowie, by uczyć się i pracować na południu miasta, w nowej dzielnicy, w sąsiedztwie Parku Pól Stawowych, w gmachu „solidnym, ozdobnym [...], który wypełnia świeże powietrze i światło słoneczne”. Światło stało się tematem zarówno architektury, jak i dekoracji, co znalazło wyraz w umieszczonej w przedsionku budynku sentencji Salve lux post tenebras, która jest również w tytule książki.

Budynek obecnie jest siedzibą Instytutów Pedagogiki i Psychologii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego. Wydanie tej publikacji wiąże się z jubileuszem uczelni oraz siedemdziesięcioleciem nauki polskiej we Wrocławiu. Książkę dedykujemy tym wszystkim, którym opisane w niej miejsca są bliskie.

Jolanta Szablicka-Żak, Agnieszka Gryglewska


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SALVE LUX

POST TENEBRAS

Historia instytucji oświatowych w budynku
dawnego Gimnazjum św. Elżbiety
przy ulicy Dawida we Wrocławiu

Group work, edited by
Jolanta Szablicka-Żak and Agnieszka Gryglewska

book format: 16,5 x 23,5 cm, 244 pages,
brochure cover
versions: Polish

The publication was commissioned by the University of Wroclaw

In the monograph entitled Salve lux post tenebras. Historia instytucji oświatowych w budynku dawnego Gimnazjum św. Elżbiety przy ulicy Dawida we Wrocławiu (History of Education Institutions in the Building of the Old St Elizabeth Secondary School in Dawida Street in Wrocław) the authors evoke a special place and people who contributed to it: architects, builders, artists and craftsmen as well as students and teachers who it was intended for. Due to change of national status that place got new identity during the last 70 years. However, it is still a significant place. Jan Władysław Dawid street, Gliniana street, Joannitów street, Dyrekcyjna street in former Pond Fields in Wrocław, once Arletiussstraße, Lehmgrubenstraße, Malteserstraße, Gustav-Freytag-Straße on Teichäcker in Breslau has been the most popular address for over one hundred years among students and teachers of two nations: German and Polish, after World War II also among numerous generations of students of pedagogy and psychology as well as their professors of the University of Wrocław creating tradition of Wrocław science.

The monograph focuses on the building of the former Secondary School of St Elizabeth, now the seat of the Institute of Pedagogy and Psychology of the University of Wrocław. Its architecture, designed by Karl Klimm under Richard Plüddemann’s direction, still impresses its users with its aesthetic, functional and pedagogic values. The style of the building and the subject matter of its decoration refer to the history of St Elizabeth’s Secondary School as a former town school in the Middle Ages (1293) and the oldest Wrocław’s secondary school in the Renaissance (1562), to humanistic traditions of the institution propagating faith and Christian tradition leading young people ‘from obscurity to the light of faith and science’. Light became the subject of both architecture and decoration of that significant town investment. It is expressed in a motto ‘Salve lux post tenebras’ which is in the vestibule. It is also present in the title of the book.

Its surroundings turned out to be interesting, too. The largest and most diverse complex of buildings of education, social welfare, health care and worship institutions surrounded by the greenery of gardens whose fortunes were described from its beginnings in pre-war Breslau, then its existence in post-war reality of Polish Wrocław till present times. Reconstruction of the history of the edifice and education institutions having their seats in it are complemented with memories of students and teachers, biographical entries of people important for its erection, calendar and rich iconography consisting of plans, maps, archival and contemporary photos. The subject matter of the book becomes an excellent part of bicentenary celebrations of founding the State University in Wrocław and seventy years of Polish science in Wrocław and forty five years of activity of both institutes in the near future. Studies of Polish and German historians, architecture, art, education historians and teachers, Wrocław press from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as archival sources acquired in: Public Records in Wrocław, Archives of the University of Wrocław, Museum of Architecture (Unit of Building Archives of Wrocław), The Archives of Modern Records in Warsaw and also as far as possible in school records, were used for preparing the book.

The book is first of all dedicated to all those who find places described in it close to their heart, who undertaking the hardships of architecture restoration, will contribute to the recovery of its former splendour.


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