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Archiginnasio, Bologna

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Architectural Building
Built during the 16th century under orders from the Pope, Archiginnasio 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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Bologna holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Archiginnasio and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Just looks amazing. Renaissance architecture and design at its best and reeks of history. Worth going to the anatomy theare  more »
  • Who would have thought this sight would have been so interesting. It was definitely unlike anything else I had seen before and I am glad we decided to visit. It was amazing to see centuries of family ...  more »
  • Don't forget to call in here on way round from teatro anatomica - really interesting room lots of antique journals, and don't forget to look through the opening to see the vastness of the library in t...  more »
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  • worth the trip to see the anatomical theater. walls and ceiling that line the entire building are tattooed with text and painted seals. chaotic and extraordinary. you can view the library from an adjoining hall, but it was gated off on our visit. would go back to schedule a tour of the library if that is at all possible.
  • Interesting spot full of history. Oldest university in the world. Worth the visit, don't miss the Stabat Mater room and the anatomic theater room.
  • Whoa! Just one of the best looking library I've ever been too. Really cool design and you can even go there and read/study.
  • Really interesting place. The anatomy theatre is beautiful, even more so when you discover its history. Worth a visit.
  • Beautiful reconstructed building. The anatomical theatre specially.