The façade of the University of Rostock’s main building tells a rich story. Below the coat of arms are two dates. 1419: the year the school was founded by Pope Martin V (relief above the portal). 1867: when Carl Friedrich von Both (bust upper left corner) laid the foundation stone for this beautiful neo-Renaissance structure while he was the university’s Vice Chancellor. Also displayed are several herzogs (dukes) of Mecklenburg. Plus you will see virtues inscribed such as justice, diligence, prudence, modesty and patience. Universität Rostock, one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe, now educates over 15,000 students.