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Louis Dumont wrote a review 3 Jan.
Switzerland520 contributions103 helpful votes
A place full of history, amanzing to visit. In the Teatro, you'll find some codesto scan with your phone, in order to get more explanations about what you are seeing, really worth it!
Date of experience: September 2020
Stephanie & Anthony wrote a review Sep. 2020
Lincoln, United Kingdom458 contributions194 helpful votes
Its €3 per person so its cheap but doesn't last long. Its truly a great room and well rebuilt. A little more english subtitles on the outside exhibits would be better
Date of experience: September 2020
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jmichel01 wrote a review Jan. 2020
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina378 contributions195 helpful votes
Highly recommended that you have a tour guide when you visit to get the whole historical story from its use in teaching, to war time devastation, and the storeis behind the beautiful art
Date of experience: November 2019
Jakub F wrote a review Jan. 2020
Czech Republic301 contributions132 helpful votes
This was a nice experience, good for me as a medical student. However, it should be free of charge, at least for students... I was expecting more for 3 euros...
Date of experience: January 2020
Mairwen1 wrote a review Dec. 2019
Sydney, Australia3,163 contributions1,582 helpful votes
This is definitely one of the more macabre or morbid sights of Bologna but it is fascinating and strangely attractive in a grim sort of way. The Anatomy Theatre is a part of Bologna university, the oldest uni the world, where they have dissected human corpses for teaching and study purposes since the 1600s. It is decorated almost entirely with light reddish spruce wood so it looks very striking and ornate. The large marble slab where the cadaver lay is in central position, surrounded by tiered seating so that everyone could easily see the dissection. You are able to pick a position and sit in these seats and imagine yourself as a 17th or 18th century student. The balustrades around the marble table amused us. Did they have to stop enthusiastic and curious students from crowding in too close to the corpses? The professor’s chair is the throne-like one at the front of the room, with a couple of gruesome, grisly sculptures on either side. These are the Spellati or “skinless’ statues, showing the exposed anatomy of the body. The most decorative part is the ceiling, which is kind of strange because it was only the cadaver who looked up at it. Apollo, the Greek god of medicine is right above the marble slab and is surrounded by the 14 constellations. Of course, you can’t help but wonder how they sourced the bodies. Was body-snatching a thing? Apparently it was much more organised than that and there were a number of statutes regulating the numbers of bodies and who supplied them. Mostly the bodies were those who had been hanged or poor people who died and would have otherwise been buried free of charge by the city, although there are earlier stories of students sometimes roaming the city in search of people who had died suddenly. When you go in, make sure to look for the box of laminated information sheets by the door. They only have general information but there are no signs or other information so it is helpful to grab one of these as you go in. GETTING THERE: • The entrance is not immediately obvious. It is in the square behind Piazza Maggiore, under a portico of 30 arches. There are not a lot of signs so to get to the theatre, head up the giant staircase. The upper story wraps around a central courtyard. We found a counter in the corner which sold tickets as well as cards and small souvenirs and he directed us to the theatre. • There were no lines and it was not crowded inside. We went straight in. • Opening hours are from 10am every day until early evening • Entry to the Anatomical Theatre and Stabat Mater Hall € 3…
Date of experience: May 2019