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University of Padova

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Address: via 8 Febbraio, 2, 35122 , Padua, Italy
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A must if you are interested in the history of science ... very exciting to see Galileo's lectern. The first anatomical theatre is amazing ... and the skulls of professors who... read more

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Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must if you are interested in the history of science ... very exciting to see Galileo's lectern. The first anatomical theatre is amazing ... and the skulls of professors who donated their bodies to science is, tosay the least, very curious.

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Brisbane Region, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You cannot visit Padua without a tour of the University. Steeped in tradition and many firsts for modern science such as the first pathologist! Also, the first woman to ever graduate with a PhD in the 17th century! Do the tour but some rooms are still used for students, so beware you may not see everything. The anatomy theatre, the... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Professional staff. Fascinating history which started in 1222. Make sure to visit the autopsy amphitheater.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This place was so amazing, especially the courtyard. It is incredible that people actually study there... it was absolutely magical, totally reminded me of Hogwarts! :)

Thank Russalia K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

they say its the oldest university in history so its is a must see you need a local guide to give you all the info you need

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The Palazzo Bo and Anatomical Theatre at the University of Padova is definitely worth a visit. However, you have to make a reservation with the university as you can only visit this UNESCO Heritage site with an university guide guided tour.

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Salzburg, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Amazing to think that they still hold lectures in the same room as Galileo. Need to investigate were it is, inside the university.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Palazzo Bo, the site of the first university in Padova, is a very old building and a tour of it is pretty cool. they have the podium from which Galileo lectured, and an anatomy 'theatre' where dissections were done, one of only 3 or 4 surviving in Europe. The tour is guided and costs only a little. If you are... More 

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Healdsburg, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Be prepared to be shocked to learn that this is where the ancients studied (Galileo for one) and to know that this is the second oldest University in the world (Bologna Italy is first).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Beautiful building to visit, it's not open often but you should check the times of the tour that takes you around the main rooms including teatro anatomico. Good to remember, that numerous notable people studied here: Galileo, Kopernikus, Zamoyski, Kochanowski and Messner, one of the greatest mountaineers in history.

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