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Teatro Anatomico

Piazza Galvani, 2, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
39 051276811
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Ranked #7 of 128 attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Theaters, Architectural Buildings
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birmingham
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Of course I've seen photos of this anatomy/dissection theatre, and TV programmes about it too so it wasn't entirely suprising - but still, what a wonderful little room. Entirely wood - wooden seats, wood paneling, wooden sculptures and statues, including the two grisly ones either side of the professor's high chair. All wood except for the dissection table, the focus... More

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London
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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

Stunning discovery in this amazing building, which was extensively damaged by the Allies during the War. Thank goodness this was saved.

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New York City, New York
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227 reviews 227 reviews
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101 helpful votes 101 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
116 helpful votes 116 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
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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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pisa
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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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
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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
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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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