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Teatro Anatomico

Piazza Galvani, 2, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
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Ranked #7 of 136 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Architectural Buildings
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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

I was utterly fascinated by the Teatro Anatomico. Of course, I am quite biased, since I am a pathologist. I was spell-bound to stand in one of the places where the mystery of human (and animal) anatomy was first revealed during the Renaissance. (Of course, I realize that dissection of human bodies occurred much earlier, in Arabic and even in... More

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Zagreb, Croatia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

If you're not a doctor, or a medicine student, or a medicine history freak, better spend your money on something else. I thought that it's going to be a museum of human anatomy. My mistake.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Liked the marble table and the surrounding observation seating. Disappointed to find it was a reconstruction. Well worth a visit but not well signposted. Frescos outside in cloisters lovely

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We were glad we stuck our heads in and the walked all around this baroque building and courtyard. The information for tourists and maps are so incomplete, it is hard to know what to really see. This building is a wonderful example of Bologna architecture at its best.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

3 euros gets in you in to the theatre and the library. The theatre is very cool and you can age what it would have been like watching an autopsy there. We went on a Sunday but got there for a number of your groups. There seemed to be an abundance of your groups around the city. The key is... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Part of the University of Bologna & one of the earliest anatomy dissecting rooms. Wonderful wood panelled walls & ceiling. Very interesting glimpse into early medicine. Very reasonable entrance charge - just a few euros. Highly recommend a visit.

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Dungarvan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A part of the University of Bologna, some of the earliest scientific explorations as to how the human body worked were done in this theatre. The theatre itself was completely rebuilt after being bombed during WW2. A really interesting place to visit with only a nominal entry charge. The anatomical theatre is part of the Archiginnasio of Bologna. It is... More

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is quite a find as there are not too many of the anatomical theatres left. This is a place where students of medicine used to watch dissections of the human body but is decorated in an ornate style more befitting a stately home than a lecture theatre. The room is situated in a much larger building which is also... More

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was well worth the 4 Euro entrance fee. The wooden anatomical carvings and design of the room were fantastic! The law school lecture room was also interesting, and we spent an hour or so on the grounds. I will visit it agin when we return to Bologna.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

A beautiful hand carved wood dissection room built to rival the one in Padova. The carved sculptures where the lecturer stands is supported by two figures that show the muscles in an anatomically correct way. The famous men on the wall are all historic figures in health and medicine. I find it hard to believe you could learn anything about... More

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