Archiginnasio di Bologna, Bologna

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Library
Built during the 16th century under orders from the Pope, Archiginnasio di Bologna is home to an array of books and bibliographical artifacts. Admire the building's intricate architecture as you view the 7,000 different family coats of arms lining its walls, all belonging to former students. Explore nearly 35,000 manuscripts, volumes, and other tomes as you wander through wood-paneled lecture rooms and open-air courtyards. Visit the amphitheater once used to teach anatomy lessons. It's now filled with sculptures of doctors. You must check bags and writing materials at the door. Find out how to plan Bologna trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • 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  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Beautiful medieval palace, the seat of the university until 1803, now a library. Two historical halls are accessible - Stabat Mater (jurists classroom) and Anathomical Theater (anatomical classroom). Everywhere in the corridors you can see thousands of coats of arms of (not only) former students.
  • Worth visiting!! The Archiginnasio has an unique acoustic and its infrastructure details and extremely detailed statues makes one go back in time!

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