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Address: Piazza Galvani, 2, Bologna, Italy
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This theatre is located in what was once the main building of the University of Bologna. It is where 17th century medical students watched human dissections. The woodwork is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lou M
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This theatre is located in what was once the main building of the University of Bologna. It is where 17th century medical students watched human dissections. The woodwork is absolutely stunning, particularly the depiction of two skinless men overlooking the professor's seat. I found myself sitting there unable to move I was so mesmerised. Look for the statue of a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a place, the whole building is a marvel but the theatre is a wonder to stand and take in what must of went on in there is awesome, a must do place when in bologna.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived here as pt of walking tour from tourist office - well wrth a visit, beautiful carvings and interesting history

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Established in 1080, the University of Bologna was the oldest in Europe. The operating theatre was started in that period, where inquisitive minds were exploring how the human body was all about. That in itself is fascinating! Although much of the building was destroyed by Allies bombing runs during WW2, the reconstructed teatro, with many original wooden sculpture, carved ceiling... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once in Piazza Maggiore, do not miss to pay a visit to the Archiginnasio, the first stable location of the University of Bologna, established by Carlo Borromeo. Ticket cost only EUR 3 and the visit can take ~ 5-10 minutes. Impressive the frescos of the corridors that lead you to the Anathomic Theatre. Have a sit and imagine to be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you enter in this sight you feel to go back centuries.Such a shame that the original one was bombed in January 1944.It has been rebuilt in a such amazing way wirh the attention to all the details.THe theatre is located inside the Archiginnasio complex ancient headquarter of Bologna university for 250 years in the really heart of Bologna.A must... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My year of Med School was one of the last years privileged to learn anatomy by cadaveric dissection. It was humbling to stand in front of the stone slab (you aren't allowed up into the seats) and imagine the hundreds of years of previous anatomy students, learning by observation. It was a quiet landmark when we visited, but we arrived... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If we hadn't taken the walking tour we might have missed this seeing very interesting room. Tour guide gave us information on how the students performed autopsies and how they had to provide their own bodies to work on.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Teatro Anatomico is in the Biblioteca dell'Archiginnasio. It was built in 1637 so that medical students could learn by observing dissections of human corpses. The entrance is only 3 Euros and has a magnificent courtyard.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The oldest medical school. Please venture here. Bologna is wonderful for these exiting gems. Take the time and sit to marvel in the original classroom where the earliest doctors were taught.

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