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Archiginnasio di Bologna

 

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The Anatomical Theatre was restored after being severely damaged in WWII

The Archiginnasio di Bologna was built between 1562 and 1563 and housed the lecture halls and classrooms for the University of Bologna (the world’s oldest continuously operating university, founded in 1088). One of my favorite features of this building are the thousands of coat-of-arms of the students that attended the university that cover the walls and ceilings. There are emblems for students from other parts of Italy as well as for students from throughout Europe. The Anatomical Theatre is carved completely of spruce, with the lecturer’s chair framed by the two Spellati – Skinless – anatomical models with their muscles exposed. It’s hard not to image what it would have been like to sit-in on the dissection of an animal or human by candlelight.

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Coat-of-arms everywhere you look
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Lots and lots of really old books
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Students that did not have an official family crest were able to create one for display
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