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University of Padua

via 8 Febbraio, 2, 35122 Padua, Italy
39 049 827 5111
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Ranked #6 of 82 Attractions in Padua
Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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Ankara, Turkey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Palazzo del Bo is the main building of the University of Padova, which is the second oldest university in Italy, built in 1922. Galileo was giving lectures there. You need to join a guided tour to visit the university. It takes 1 hour and you can see the world's oldest anatomical theater and "Aula di Medicina", where lectures on medicine... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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47 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The University of Padua was Europe's second institute of higher learning, after Bologna and before Oxford. Once dedicated exclusively to the law, it later grew to include the liberal arts and earned itself a rather renegade reputation. Open to Jews and Muslims in the 17th century, it later became a hotbed of anti-Nazi resistance. Non-students may visit the campus' more... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We were astonished by the list of faculty and graduates of the University. Try Galileo and Copernicus for starters - and they were not even in the Medical School. The paintings of the famous medical students reflected how important Padua was in educating the future medical teachers of Europe. The anatomy theater tour placed you where you got a cadaver-eye... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

As both of us are doctors, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit the Palazzo Bo and see the world's first dissection theatre. Although there was a graduation ceremony taking place which precluded us visiting some of the other rooms, learning about the history of Padua University and seeing some of the great historical rooms was amazing. We also... More 

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Banbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The university provides tours each day which includes the anatomy theatre in which Galeleo performed his lectures.

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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This guided tour was really interesting. It was awesome to touch through the ages of history through visiting this place. Was my favourite place of Padua.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Guided tour is informative and interesting. You visit the 16th century anatomy theatre, sadly so fragile that you only look up from beneath (i.e. the spot formerly occupied by the cadaver!), also the medical school hall and a great lecture hall decorated with the family crests of students who had attended. Also on show is Galileo's lectern, on the face... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Not a long tour which makes it ideal a 'fill-in' visit. I defy anyone not to be 'taken aback' by the final room that is visited.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The English-language tour is informative and the anatomical theatre is really a must-see for anyone interested in the history of medicine and science.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The university is fascinating and the tour guide that we had was excellent in her knowledge of the history of the university, the famous students that attended and its architecture. The only thing that spoiled it was the terrible jobs worth security guard who took relish in moving people on and telling people off even If they were in a... More 

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