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Archiginnasio di Bologna
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Reviewed 16 April 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.

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Reviewed 18 March 2014

How lucky we are in this day and age to be able to travel from country to country and see history just standing and existing in front of us. I think one of the best things is that people are still using all the buildings that we see.

The roof paintings are amazing, the statues are beautiful but the stairs are not all that good but then with so much restoration going on in Bologna we have to be greatful that they are doing something to keep these magnificent buildings alive and restored. You really need to see these fascinating paintings on the roof and the walls. So very much to offer.

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Reviewed 28 February 2014

Rembrandt painted the anatomical lesson of Professor Tulip , but when he would have seen this theatre he would have preferred to paint this ..........Beautifull and with the surrounding Building / hallway a must see in BOLOGNA.

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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Not everybody is aware that the very first university (that is, ever) was founded in Bologna in 1088 and the town has been a centre of learning and research ever since. However, it did not get a stable and fixed headquarters until the XVI and this is it.
The first thing that will strike you are all the internal corridors covered with coats of arms and frescoes. They are the symbols of the many alumni that passed through here grouped by faculty. Naturally, when they ran out of space, they painted over the old ones! They deserve detailed analysis.
The centrepiece of the place is the medical "classroom", the Sala Anatomica where bodies were dissected in order to teach anatomy empirically. It is all carved in wood apart from the central marble slab, including a couple of skinless bodies to demonstrate the muscular system. Just sit in there, and let your imagination do the rest. A unique place.

Another highlight of the building is the so called "Stabat Mater". It is actually the main lecture room (Aula Magna) where the painting of alumni symbols is taken to extremes. Unfortunately it is normaly used heavily by the university so you cannot always visit it. It is worth asking and organising your visit at a time when you can see it. The name of Stabat Mater comes from the fact that Rossini's Stabat Mater was first performed in this hall, conducted by Gaetano Donizzetti after the maestro's death (enough musical name dropping!).

In the same building is one of Italy's most important libraries of old books and documents. Unfortunately it is only open to students and researchers but, if you can get someone to take you in, it is also quite a spectacle

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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Ornate and awe-inspiring - your prototypical Italian monument. But sit in the Sala Anatomica and let the atmosphere sink in. You can almost hear the medicine students gasp as the first dissection is being performed on the marble slab.

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