Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio is one of Bologna‘s most important and photographed buildings. Situated in the heart of the historical centre in Piazza Galvani, Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio was once the seat of the University of Bologna. Since 1838, it has housed the Municipal Library. Its proximity to the Locanda dell’Orsa – it is only a ten-minute walk away – makes it one of the most visited and appreciated places by our guests.
Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio Bologna: History
The Palazzo dell’Archginnasio was commissioned between 1562 and 1563 by Cardinal Borromeo based on a design by architect Antonio Morandi, known as the Terribilia for being the seat of the University, a goal that was achieved until 1803. It suffered severe damage during World War II – particularly during a bombing raid in 1944 – and was later rebuilt.
Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio Bologna: The Anatomical Theatre
After entering the Palazzo dell’Archginnasio in Bologna, two wide staircases lead to the upper floor, where there are classrooms (currently not open to visitors) and two large halls, one for the Artists (now the Reading Room) and one for the Legists (known as the Stabat Mater Hall).
Famous throughout the world is the Anatomical Theatre, built of wood carved by Antonio Levante in 1637 for the teaching of anatomy. Inside, you can see the famous statues of the Spellati by Ercole Lelli up close.
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