The University of Vilnius, one of the oldest and most famous establishments of higher education in Eastern and Central Europe, was founded in 1579. The architectural complex of the Vilnius University has formed over several centuries. As a result, Gothic, Baroque and Classical styles can be identified while visiting VU. Total of thirteen internal courtyards, arcades and galleries inject even more color into its buildings! The courtyards are named after famous graduates and former professors of the University; commemorative plaques in their honor can be seen in the Grand Courtyard.