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The Dreikönigsgymnasium ("Tricoronatum", meaning "Three Kings School", sometimes called in English the College of the Three Crowns) is a regular public Gymnasium located in Cologne, Germany. Founded in 1450 by the city of Cologne,[1] it is the oldest school in Cologne and one of the oldest in Germany.[citation needed] In 1556 it was transferred to Jesuit control through the son of the mayor, who had become a Jesuit.[2] The Jesuits continued to run the school until 1778, when control was restored to the city after the papal suppression of the Jesuits of 1773.[1]



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  1. ^ a b Maryks, Robert A.; Wright, Jonathan, eds. (2014). Jesuit Survival and Restoration: A Global History, 1773–1900. Studies in the History of Christian Traditions. BRILL. p. 144.
  2. ^ Grendler, Paul F. (2018). Jesuit Schools and Universities in Europe, 1548–1773. BRILL. p. 82. ISBN 9789004391123.
  3. ^ O'Connor, John T. (1978). Negotiator out of Season. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. p. 2. ISBN 0-8203-0436-0.
  4. ^ Delplace, Louis (1884). History of the Sodalities of the Blessed Virgin Mary: A Memorial of the Tercentenary Jubilee. 1584–1884. T. Moonan. p. 42.

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Coordinates: 50°58′01″N 6°55′44″E / 50.967°N 6.929°E / 50.967; 6.929