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Archiginnasio of Bologna

Piazza Galvani, 1, 40124 Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
051 276811
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Ranked #4 of 127 attractions in Bologna
Type: Educational Sites
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Busselton, Australia
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154 reviews 154 reviews
65 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
34 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

The whole palace is richly decorated and the anatomy theatre is a must for travelers to Bologna. It is very close to Piazza Maggiore and thus easily reachable.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I hadn't intended to visit the Archiginnasio since my time in Bologna was short, but I am glad that I went. The walls and ceilings of the grand staircases, hallways and colonnades are highly decorated with inscriptions, dedications to 16th and 17th teachers, coats of arms, and painted murals of wonderful complexity and color, and the total effect is stunning.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews 75 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We spent a chilly rainy day in Bologna, and after a nice lunch were headed back to start our tour at the Neptune Fountain when we happened to find ourselves at the Archiginnasio. Luckily there was one of those identifying red flags flying outside or we might have missed it, which would have been a shame as this was a... More

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