The Faculty of Medicine in Montpellier will reach the outstanding amount of 800 years of age in 2020, making it the oldest of its kind in the western world. Considering the honour of holding this proud title, its anniversary should only be celebrated in style. Throughout this year, the Occitan city will be organising various activities to celebrate its eight centuries of life.
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Montpellier is not only the second most important city in the French region of Occitania, but it also has a dynamic and young population. This character is due, in part, to the fact that it hosts one of the most prestigious universities in the whole country. The city’s Faculty of Medicine is one of many institutions responsible for its fame, as it has been operating for 8 centuries now. It is located in a former monastery and episcopal palace in which, today, guided tours are offered so that travellers have the opportunity to get to know one of the indisputable symbols of Montpellier.
Hundreds of students sign in each year to learn at one of the world's oldest institutions - Images from their Facebook page
This year 2020 is a year of celebration, so all that's left is to join the party! Over the next few months, you will have the possibility of attending exhibitions, conferences, symposia, talks and other events on the Faculty’s 800th anniversary. These are some of the highlights:
Symposium on Guy de Chauliac
On September 25 and 26, academics from the University of Montpellier and the Université Paul Valéry will speak about surgeon Guy de Chauliac, one of the great figures of surgery during the Middle Ages and who graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 1325. Some of his works had a great influence on medicine for decades.
Builders of the 20th Century: an exhibition
From October 8 to December 10, the Teknè Makrè room will host an exhibition focusing on the most important figures and events that have taken place over the last hundred years at the Faculty of Medicine, thanks to the archives that the Faculty has.
Another activity that the program proposes is the recreational nights, which will be developed throughout the year. In these events, participants will have the opportunity to investigate a mysterious murder in the middle of the school as if it were a giant game of Clue.
European Heritage Days
As part of the European Heritage Days, which are held every year in more than 50 countries around the world, the Faculty of Medicine will be one of the city's buildings to be visited. This is a unique opportunity to discover places that are normally closed to the public and which will open their doors to all citizens for two days (September 19 and 20).
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Closing Ceremony of the Eighth Centenary
December is the month chosen by the Faculty of Medicine for the gala that will end the events of its eighth centenary. The details of this ceremony that will mark the end of this celebration that began in December 2019 are not yet known.
As you can see, a lot of activities are waiting for you in Montpellier on the occasion of the eighth centenary. Don't miss a single one! Get on our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high-speed trains and we'll take you as far as you want.