Archiginnasio di Bologna

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Archiginnasio di Bologna
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Libraries
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Neighbourhood: Santo Stefano
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HermanZeGerman
Dallas, TX29 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Couples
This place is an easy must-see. It's unfortunately not included in the Bologna Welcome card, but entrance is only €3. The anatomical theater was fascinating, and the collection of old books was amazing as well. Plan to spend 30-45 minutes here.
Written 26 September 2021
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Emily B
5 contributions
Sep. 2021
We almost skipped this and I'm SO glad we didn't. For the tiny entry fee, you can see not only the stunning carved lecture hall but also gorgeous frescoes all over the walls and ceilings. A great detour when exploring Bologna.
Written 26 September 2021
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SPAINDOCTOR
Madrid, Spain5,423 contributions
Jul. 2020 • Solo
The place where they did the autopsies
As a Doctor was lovely to see this lovely palace
With the names of Antonio valsalva , all the books . Legends of the medicine were here
You cannot miss it
Written 24 July 2020
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Eleanor
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK232 contributions
Jul. 2020 • Couples
Absolutely stunning building, and so much history. It costs €3 to enter the anatomical lecture hall but it’s definitely worth it, it’s gorgeous. They have the biggest collection of coats of arms in the world, they are all over the ceilings and walls it’s spectacular.
Written 18 July 2020
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,543 contributions
Jan. 2020
It was an university building and now it is a library. Constructed in 16th century. Inside there was an anatomical room and surgery operations were made here.
Written 8 March 2020
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GustavoDB
London, UK62 contributions
Nov. 2019
The building itself is a marvel to admire, the ceilings and walls are all fresco paintings, so make sure you take a long stroll around to soak the details. Then you have the opportunity to visit the anatomical theatre, where anatomy classes were hold for centuries, dont miss the Spellati presiding the room. And finally you got the absolute gem of being able to see books written by Galileo and Leonardo da Vinci in the Stabat Mater room, ask the room minder about where they are, as they are not easy to spot.
Written 29 February 2020
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Simona C
Stockholm, Sweden5 contributions
Jan. 2020
Absolutely worth the time if you are in Bologna, even for a day. Make sure to read about the rebuilding and restauration efforts after the 1944 bombing. We had the extra luck that a couple of smaller exhibitions were open in the hallways of the building (one on opera characters and another on salami), very educational.
Written 3 February 2020
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Smaragda
Athens, Greece12 contributions
Nov. 2019
One of the most intresting places in Bologna. You really get the vibe of the building. Read few info before visiting. Really amazing!
Written 11 January 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom5,188 contributions
May 2019
The University of Bologna was founded in 1088. Erasmus and Copernicus were students. Albert Einstein gave a series of lectures on relativity here. That alone was enough to make me want to see it.
The uni wasn’t always in this Palace. Originally it was scattered in different parts of the city but in the mid 1500s, Pope Pius had the amazing foresight to bring together all of the separate parts into the one single, central building.
The two really interesting things to see here are the very beautiful walls and the original anatomy theatre. The walls look very Harry Potter-ish and are literally covered with about 6000 heralds and crests of long-gone students. They were very beautiful and somehow sad as you thought of all the lives that had passed through this university over the centuries.
In between each arch is a plaque honouring an eminent professor, often with a brief Italian & English description. I spotted Bartolomeo Riviera who was of interest only because I have had my tonsils out and he invented the tools for tonsillectomies in 1700s.
The anatomy theatre is where corpses were dissected on large marble slab since the 1600s. It is a strangely ornate and attractive room (I have posted a separate entry for this).

Other Points of Interest:
Stabat Master Hall – it is only small and not particularly interesting except that this is where Einstein delivered his lectures in 1921.
Book-binding exhibition (free) - this was far more interesting than it sounds because they had a large display of books from the 1500s, with goatskin covers and ornate locks and clasps

Getting There:
• The entrance is not immediately obvious. It is centrally located, in the square behind Piazza Maggiore. Once inside, there are still not a lot of signs but the theatre and Stabat Hall are upstairs. The upper story wraps around a central courtyard and in one of the corners, we spotted a counter which sold tickets for the Anatomy Theatre and Lecture Hall and he pointed us in the right direction.
• Entry to the Anatomical Theatre and Stabat Mater Hall € 3
• There were no lines and it was not crowded inside so there is no need to buy a ticket in advance
• Opening hours are from 10am every day until early evening
• Allow 30 - 60 minutes
Written 17 December 2019
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Neil L
Edinburgh, UK627 contributions
Dec. 2019
Two rooms of singular interest to those interested in academic and medical history. Reasonable entrance charges and friendly staff.
Written 16 December 2019
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