Charles University in Prague
Charles University in Prague (also simply Charles University; ; ; ) is the oldest and largest university
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 in the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
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. Founded in 1348, it was the first university in Central Europe
Central Europe
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 and is also considered the earliest German university. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe in continuous operation.

Its seal shows its protector
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, Emperor Charles IV
Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
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, with his coats of arms as King of the Romans
King of the Romans
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 and King of Bohemia kneeling in front of St.