Archiginnasio - Teatro Anatomico

Palace in Bologna

Archiginnasio Ora Blu Bologna
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Situated in the heart of Bologna’s historic city centre, the Archiginnasio holds a significant position as one of the city’s most notable palaces. Since 1838, it has served as the Municipal Library’s residence.

Commissioned by Cardinal Borromeo, the palace’s construction took place between 1562 and 1563 under the guidance of architect Antonio Morandi, also known as Terribilia. Originally intended as the seat of the University (until 1803), the building endured significant damage from bombing during World War II but was subsequently reconstructed.

Upon ascending the grand staircases, visitors reach the upper floor, which houses two classrooms (not accessible to the public) and two lecture halls. One of these halls, known as the Stabat Mater Hall, served the “Legisti” (law students), while the other, now a reading room, was designated for the “Artisti” (arts students).

The Anatomical Theatre within the Archiginnasio is a well-known feature of the palace. Built in 1637 by Antonio Levante using intricately carved wood, it was specifically designed for teaching anatomy.

Inside the theatre, visitors can admire the renowned remarkable “Cattedra degli Spellati” is renowned for its striking depiction of the “Spellati,” two statues portraying skinned men. These haunting figures were created based on the visionary design of Ercole Lelli, contributing to the woodcut’s fame.

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Visiting Archiginnasio - Teatro Anatomico



Monday to Saturday 9.00 – 19.00

Sunday and holidays 10.00 – 14.00

Anatomical Theatre and Stabat Mater Room:

Monday to Friday 10.00 – 18.00

Saturday 10.00 – 19.00

Sunday and holidays 10.00 – 14.00.


€ 3

Address: Teatro Anatomico, Piazza Galvani, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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