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“Fascinating” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Archiginnasio di Bologna

Archiginnasio di Bologna
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Bologna Small Group Tour: the Oldest University in Europe
London, United Kingdom
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206 reviews
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“Fascinating”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2014

A real insight into the 16th century intellectual life of Bologna (incredibly international!) and beautiful. Inside the Anatomy Theatre was an informative and well-written information sheet in English.
The reconstruction of the Archiginnasio from the wreckage of the bombing of the war is a real credit to the city's administration.

Visited May 2014
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“Intricate and beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2014

As soon as you step into the main courtyard of the Archiginnasio, you are taken aback by the beautifully detailed walls and ceilings and arches - it really is a treat for the eyes. - The staircases are my personal favourite - bursting with colourful patterns!

Visited April 2014
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London
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“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

Loved discovering this gem - amazing anatomy theatre and Stabat Mater lecture hall. Worth the 3 euro.

Visited April 2014
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Turin, Italy
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“Interesting and quite peculiar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

This is the first University still existent in Bologna, which is universally known as "La dotta" since it was the first European town to have a University (1081 a.D.)

The building counts two levels and the most complete collection of aralidic symbols all over the inner walls.
It also houses a very interesting Anatomical Theater, built in 1637 by Antonio Levanti which is shaped like an amphitheater and made from fir wood with a coffer ceiling, decorated with wooden statues a lot of which were restored after the Allied bombings during the 2nd World War.
The room is overlooked by the ornate seat of the professor, topped by a baldaquin and supported by the statues of two naked and skinless men, known as "gli spellati" (the skinned ones), made by Ercole Lelli.
The numerous sculptures that decorated the walls represent doctors while, at the center of the ceiling, there is an Apollo statue.
If you go inside, please take note of the little window opposite the professor's seat: it was used by priests whose intent was to check all the post-mortem examinations in order not to allow any contact with the heart or the brain of the corpses.

Visited March 2014
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Neath Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

We visited the Palazzo dell Archiginnasio to primarily see the lecture room where students learnt about dissection. The room was superbly designed and at 3 euros each, the Archiginnasio was worth a visit, though it did not take up much time.

Visited April 2014
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