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Promenade a Bologna

Promenade at the oldest University in the Western world

Ever since 1088, Bologna has beenn synonymous with its university. A centuries’ old history that reflects
on all aspects of the city - on its stone, palaces and museums of rare splendour . Archiginnasio

Archiginnasio

Archiginnasio

The construction of the Palace was commissioned by Cardinal Borromeo between 1562 and 1563 and designed by architect Antonio Morandi called Terribilia; it was to house the lecture halls for the University (Law and Arts). Until 1803 it was the seat of the University and since 1838 it is the location of the Civic Library.

Musei di Palazzo Poggi

Musei di Palazzo Poggi

It includes the collections: Natural History, Anatomy and obstetrics, Physics and chemistry, Military architecture, The Library, Geography and Nautical Science, East Asian Art.

Palazzo Poggi

Palazzo Poggi

The palace, renovated in the mid 16th century probably by Pellegrino Tibaldi, became the new seat of the National University, after the Napoleonic reform of 1803.

Ospedale di Santa Maria della Morte

Ospedale di Santa Maria della Morte

Just in front of Santa Maria della Vita church, some stairs lead to the majestic portico belonging to the ancient Hospital of Death, which was very popular among medicine students who used the corpses of executed men to make anatomy studies in the nearby university, Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio.

Biblioteca Universitaria

Biblioteca Universitaria

The library open its doors to the public in 1756. With the first library decree of the United Italy (1869) the library came to be one of the most important in the country and in 1885 it was officially recognized as of University Status.

Collezione delle Cere Anatomiche "Luigi Cattaneo"

Collezione delle Cere Anatomiche "Luigi Cattaneo"

The Museum contains a collection of 19th century anatomical wax models by the Florentine modeller Clemente Susini and by Bolognese wax modellers, the most important of whom are Giuseppe Astorri and Cesare Bettini.

Collegio di Spagna

Collegio di Spagna

This complex was founded in 1364, by Cardinal Egidio Albornoz, to host Spanish students enrolled in the famous university town.

Basilica di San Francesco

Basilica di San Francesco

This church is the first example of French Gothic style in Italy. It was built between 1236 and 1254 on the initiative of the Franciscan community that stayed in the city already since 1218 with Bernardo di Quintavalle.

Chiesa di San Procolo

Chiesa di San Procolo

Inside the church there is the Ark preserving the body of Saint Procolo (one of the first Christian martyrs in Bologna)

Bologna and its "scattered" University

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Bologna and its "scattered" University

Avidly visited by the Romantic writers and celebrated for the arts and culinary excellence, Bologna is animated by a cosmopolitan culture that is enriched by the presence of the University.

The oldest University in Europe through its places

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The oldest University in Europe through its places

Discovering the University of Bologna through its places and streets.
The University and the city of Bologna are deeply linked by an intense relationship through centuries. When visiting Bologna, it is therefore interesting to see some of historical places and to know some facts that made the University of Bologna famous worldwide.

Bologna stories: Umberto Eco