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1717-1835: the University of Cervera

1717-1835: the University of Cervera

Engraving of the main facade of the University of Cervera

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  • As a result of the Spanish War of Succession, studies in Philosophy, Canon Law and Law were removed from Barcelona to Cervera in 1714, while studies in Medicine and Grammar, which were taught by the Jesuits, remained in the city.
  • In 1717, a royal order established a single university at Cervera, and all university studies in Barcelona, Lleida, Girona, Tarragona, Vic and Tortosa closed and were moved there.
  • From 1767, the University of Cervera entered into a period of decline. Interest emerged in Barcelona to bring the university back to the city, where a number of important educational institutions had begun to flourish, such as the Royal Military Academy of Mathematics of Barcelona, which was a pioneer in Europe, and the College of Surgery of Barcelona, which provided studies in Medicine that far surpassed the education available at Cervera.  
     
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