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Teatro Anatomico

Piazza Galvani, 2, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
39 051276811
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Ranked #7 of 127 attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Theaters, Architectural Buildings
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New York City, New York
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226 reviews 226 reviews
56 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

While it is a replica of the original destroyed during the war, the Teatro Anatomico is a rare glimpse of an early Medical School.The woodwork and sculptures are attractive and the center marble slab stark and forbidding.

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Houston, Texas
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11 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Great space to visit and imagine what education used to be. The "skinless" statues and the marble table add atmosphere to this wood-paneled space. Note that there is a 3 Euro charge - this did not show in all of my guide materials.

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Totland, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

A great insight into the training of doctors centuries ago. the museum is also worth seeing after sitting in the theatre it was hard to believe that a wax model of various parts of the anatomy could be realistic. But they are.

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Milan, Italy
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118 reviews 118 reviews
69 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Tried to visit this place 3 times: the building was always closed. Apparently they are open just a couple of hours each day. No opening hours are displayed at the entrance.

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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

a wooden paneled room where students could watch the first autopsies. a cordial lady explained the gory details in cheerful italian..

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Boise, Idaho
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30 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

Although this wasn't the easiest to find, as it is on the second floor of what appears to be a library and the signs on the outside are confusing, if you can't locate it the tourist information office int he main square will direct you. It is free and the building it is located in is very ornately decorated on... 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

Definitely worth a visit, like nothing I´ve seen anywhere else. Gives you a real sense of what academic education might have been like back in the days.

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Venice Beach, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Built in the 15th century as part of the University of Bologna Medical School, Teatro Anatomico is the the theater-in-the-round lecture hall where Bologna's foremost physicians taught anatomy to prospective medical students by placing cadavers on a marble slab. You've got to see it to believe it. Beautifully wood carved figures. A history lesson in the evolution of medicine.

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Portland, Oregon
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Bologna is a famous center of learning, and in this nearly 400-year-old theater (credited to Antonio Levante) made of cedar and fir, medical students watched dissection of corpses to better understand the human body. Looking down from one end of the gallery are the famous “Spellati” statues by Ercole Lelli showing musculature detail, and exquisite astrological-sign carvings decorate the ceiling.... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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41 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

It was in a beautiful building which we found by accident really. I had read some of the reviews on TA and realised that we were at the building where the anatomy theatre was located. We entered the room and it is very beautiful. However, I wouldn't have been too upset had I missed it. It was a 5 min... More

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