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My next stop: Bologna

Teatro Anatomico, an anatomy lecture/demonstration hall in the Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio in Bologna, Italy.
The Archiginnasio Palace was the first permanent home of the University of Bologna, which claims to be the oldest university in the world. The famous sixteenth century architect Antonio Morandi planned the structure to unite the components of the university under one roof; previously, they had been spread throughout Bologna.
The Teatro Anatomico is only one component of the palace. Its majesty is simply overpowering and its beauty surpasses verbal description. The Teatro Anatomico stands as it was built in 1637, designed and implemented by Antonio Levanti. The large amphitheater is rectangular with tiered seats to accommodate students along all four sides. The central dissecting table commands attention from the entire perimeter. For educational purposes, cadavers were dissected in full view of the students, and critical anatomic features were examined.
Lectures were dispensed without the benefit of notes or books, because provisions were made for neither. You can bet that students in the seventeenth century, when the Teatro Anatomico was built, never skipped lectures or chatted with friends in full view of their instructors.
The study of anatomy was demanding in those days. Demonstrations lasted from 4:30 AM until 4:30 PM, with no breaks, because there was no way to preserve the cadaver once dissection had begun. Anatomy was taught only in the winter.
The wood-paneled architecture of the amphitheater is gorgeous. Twelve statues of famous Bolognese and international anatomists are suspended around the walls.

It is a pity that on this white marble table there was no corpse :(((

Czy pamiętacie wierszyk z lekcji biologii:

Na zielonej trawce raz, dwa, trzy,
pasły sie pratchawce, raz dwa trzy,
jeden mówi do drugiego,
daj mi cewkę Malpighiego!

Malpighi wykładał w tej sali!

In WS the other side of the hall.

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