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Archiginnasio of Bologna

Piazza Galvani, 1, 40124 Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
051 276811
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Ranked #6 of 128 attractions in Bologna
Type: Educational Sites
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Loved discovering this gem - amazing anatomy theatre and Stabat Mater lecture hall. Worth the 3 euro.

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Turin, Italy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is the first University still existent in Bologna, which is universally known as "La dotta" since it was the first European town to have a University (1081 a.D.) The building counts two levels and the most complete collection of aralidic symbols all over the inner walls. It also houses a very interesting Anatomical Theater, built in 1637 by Antonio... More

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Port Talbot
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80 reviews 80 reviews
16 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We visited the Palazzo dell Archiginnasio to primarily see the lecture room where students learnt about dissection. The room was superbly designed and at 3 euros each, the Archiginnasio was worth a visit, though it did not take up much time.

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Busselton, Australia
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158 reviews 158 reviews
65 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

How lucky we are in this day and age to be able to travel from country to country and see history just standing and existing in front of us. I think one of the best things is that people are still using all the buildings that we see. The roof paintings are amazing, the statues are beautiful but the stairs... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Rembrandt painted the anatomical lesson of Professor Tulip , but when he would have seen this theatre he would have preferred to paint this ..........Beautifull and with the surrounding Building / hallway a must see in BOLOGNA.

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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
35 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Not everybody is aware that the very first university (that is, ever) was founded in Bologna in 1088 and the town has been a centre of learning and research ever since. However, it did not get a stable and fixed headquarters until the XVI and this is it. The first thing that will strike you are all the internal corridors... More

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Kristiansand, Norway
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Ornate and awe-inspiring - your prototypical Italian monument. But sit in the Sala Anatomica and let the atmosphere sink in. You can almost hear the medicine students gasp as the first dissection is being performed on the marble slab.

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

covered with markers by teachers and students it was the seat of the ancient Bologna university. despite being almost destroyed by american bombings it has been lovingly restaurated and holds the teatro anatomico where students could follow the first autopsies to study the body. there are temporary exhibitions, and for music lovers you can visit the hall of the premiere... More

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Vienna, Austria
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

The old university is not specatcular, but interesting. The "theatro anatomico" and the many coats of arms in the stairways give you a good impression what a privilege education was back in the days.

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Red Hook, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We visited the Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio as part of a walking tour originating from the Bologna Tourist Center in the Piazza Maggiore. This palace originally housed the university and is set up around a central courtyard flanked by elaborately decorated arcades featuring thousands of coats of arms. The high point was the Anatomical Theater - a lecture hall with a marble... More

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