Archiginnasio, Bologna

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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. Find out how to plan Bologna trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Visit the ancient bolognese University, formed by a worthy library and a theater.
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  • Old building, used today as well, there is a huge library inside, no fees. Easy to find and access takes no time.  more »
  • The visit to the Archiginnasio is mandatory if you want to understand the essence of Bologna, University City by excellence. This building housed the first headquarters of the University. On the walls you can see multitude of coats of arms of the students that were formed there. You can visit the anatomical theatre and a conference room. Impressive.
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  • The building is very old and historic and the detailed architectural work is quite stunning. I was disappointed that the library itself is closed to the public as this was the main reason for my visit.
  • 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.

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