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Archiginnasio di Bologna

Address: Piazza Galvani, 1, 40124 Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
Phone Number: 051 276811
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Ranked #3 of 126 Attractions in Bologna
Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our tour of this facility as it is closely tied to the University of Bologna and its important in education in Europe including in the field of science and medicine. The architecture is impressive. It is next to an unfinished Basilica...which is also interesting.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This building had free entry and the frescoes, shields, decorated halls, colonnades and passageways were really amazing. We purchased a book on this building - I think because photos were not allowed.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I loved the anatomy theatre. Too bad it was so damaged during WWII but they have done a great job with restoration and you really get the feel of what it might have been like to study medicine several hundred years ago

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Oslo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We had to see what is claimed as the oldest university anywhere. The old part, the Archiginnasio has a really impressive courtyard, with masses of heraldic shields, and the famous anatomical theatre which is really beautiful. The main part of the university, around the opera (Teatro Comunale) is also worth visting. Very lively in term time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

What a university looks like 450 years ago? Pretty much this is it. It has a real 'Hall of Fame' which is the first time i see in real. Very interesting and beautiful to walk around even without a guide. The building, and the anatomy lab was restored after WWII . Library is closed to tourists, which is a pity.... More

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Vaduz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

There is no other country in the world where you can find an equivalent amount of cultural treasures. This was really surprising and incredibly well kept and run. Italy is a real shrine of beauties.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

For the healthcare oriented tourist, this is a must see. While damaged by a WW2 bomb, it is restored and simply breathtaking. To think students sat in this semicircular amphitheater to learn anatomy. The carvings of prior luminaries such as Galen along the walls adds to the majesty of the room. Seeing coats of arms of students up/down the stairways/hallways... More

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Bern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I had the chance to visit the place with a person who knows very well the history of Bologna, so he explained to me a lot of things, that surely made my visit even more interesting.

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Wonderfull painted roofs, wonderfull building at the heart of Bologne, Small in wood lecture room for medicine courses and lessons

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The decoration of this building is superb. The staircases are magnificent and care needs to be taken not to fall as you look at the decoration above your heads

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