Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio

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The building of the Palace was commissioned by Cardinal Borromeo between 1562 and 1563 following the project by architect Antonio Morandi called Terribilia; it was to house the lecture halls for the University Study (Law and Arts). Up to 1803 it was the seat of the University and since 1838 it has housed the Civic Library. The palace was heavily damaged by a 1944 bombing and subsequently rebuilt. The main front presents an arcade with 30 arches, with two stories around a central courtyard. Two grand staircases lead to the upper storey with classrooms(closed at present) and two great halls one for Artists (today Reading rooms) and one for Jurists (called Stabat Mater Hall). The room walls, the vaults of staircases and open galleries are decorated with commemorative inscriptions and monuments dedicated to the teachers of the Studio and thousand coats-of-arms and names of students. In front of the entrance there is the chapel of S. Maria dei Bulgari. The Anatomical Theatre in carved wood, was built by Antonio Levante in 1637 for anatomy lessons. Inside, the famous statues of the Spellati - Skinless - by Ercole Lelli.

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Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio

Piazza Galvani, 1 - 40124 Bologna (BO) map Phone + 39 051 276811
Fax +39 051 261160
Map coordinates [?]: D-4



How to get here:

by bus: lines and timetables on the website

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exits n. 11/11bis direction city center.

Entrance notes:

From 1 February 2014 admission ticket to Anatomical Theatre: € 3

free admission:

- tourist guides with badge
- journalist with badge
- 1 person for each group of 10 people
- classes of secondary schools
- 2 people for each school group
- young people up to 18 years old
- disabled people and their helpers
- Icom members with valid card


From 15 to 27 September the admission ticket to Anatomical Theatre is NOT valid for the Stabat Mater Hall
From 18 to 25 September admission ticket to Biblioteca dell’Archiginnasio € 4,00 (one entrance to visit the exhibit ‘La scrittura splendente. Tesori manoscritti dalle biblioteche italiane’ and admission to the conferences scheduled at Stabat Mater on September 20 and 21)

Combined ticket on the occasion of Artelibro 2014
Palazzo Re Enzo e del Podestà + Biblioteca dell’Archiginnasio € 7,00 (exhibition market, exhibits and conferences at Palazzo Re Enzo and Stabat Mater + exhibit  ‘La scrittura splendente. Tesori manoscritti dalle biblioteche italiane’)

Opening time:

Palace (courtyard and open gallery): Monday to Saturday 9 am - 7 pm (access to the library: see opening hours); Sunday and holidays 10 am - 2 pm

Anatomical Theatre and Stabat Mater Hall (if not occupied by events): Monday to Friday 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday 10 am - 7 pm; Sunday and holidays 10 am - 2 pm