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“Well worth the visit”
Review of Teatro Anatomico

Teatro Anatomico
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Nottinghamshire
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“Well worth the visit”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Great place to see a preserved anatomy room. The slab is quite chilling, and the students' seats and professor's seat take you back in time.

Visited October 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Fascinating and under-appreciated attraction”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

I teach history of science, so this was a must-see for me, but I think it is well worth a visit. It is centrally located in Bologna, and free, but much emptier of tourists than many attractions. It is a surprisingly small room, rebuilt after being bombed in world war two (many of the panels were recovered from the rubble). It is great to stand there and imagine the medical students watching a dissection, while a representative of the church listened and watched lest anything be said or done that might be harmful to their souls. As well as visiting the Teatro, make sure to spend time in the building that houses it, the Archiginnasio, and admire the murals to past Professors and the crests of their students - I can think of some professors today who would wish that such a practice still continued! There are also guided tours in English.

Visited September 2012
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New York
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“Medieval medical school”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Fascinating to see a room, restored to its original state, where medical students watched dissections.

Visited June 2012
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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“not for the faint hearted”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

this is not for the faint hearted and the wax covered bodies can make you feel somewhat uneasy , but an essential part of going to Bologna due to the study of anatomy under the watchful eye of the inquesition,

Visited September 2012
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“History, Uplifting and Not”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

The Teatro Anatomico is a fascinating place, 400 or so years ago the more so when one realizes how much was learned and taught there that had never before been learned and taught. It is a fairly small room easily seen in just a brief visit, although we made a number of visits and found interesting new aspects each time. The less uplifting part of its (and the Archiginnasio's) history is seen on the posters to your left as you enter -- the war damage was horrendous and, to our untrained eye, seemed total. The poster explains that the room -- and of course the building -- were rebuilt with "mostly original" components. The result is excellent, in any event. Note that although previous reviewers have posted no pictures of the Teatro here, many of those included with the separate reviews of the Archiginnasio are of the Teatro Anatomico. Note also that the Teatro is on the Italian first floor, meaning the American second, and that visiting requires ascending two moderate flights of stairs; we saw no elevator although there may be one that we missed.

Visited July 2012
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