The University of Innsbruck was founded 350 years ago as a regional university for Tyrol. The foundation stone upon which establishment of this venerable alma mater rested was the so-called“Haller salt surcharge” (Haller Salzaufschlag). The special tax, approved by Emperor Leopold I in 1669, provided funding for the university. The first faculty was the Faculty of Philosophy, followed in 1671 by the faculties of Theology and Law, and later by the Faculty of Medicine.

The first main building was built in 1673. The design on the stamp shows the university’s seal from the year 1673 and a depiction of the Babenburg Margrave Leopold III, whom Emperor Leopold I had made the patron saint of the federal province.

Date of Issue: 25 January 2019

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