Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bologna Walking Tour

Since my husband has already posted pictures of most of the things we saw in Bologna the second day we were here - I will post pictures from the walking tour he bailed on.  We went into a couple of places that require tickets so it was worth the exhaustion of all the walking. 

We visited the University of Bologna established in 1088 and still in use today.  According to one website there is only one older still in use university in the world - the University of Karaouine in Fes, Morocco dating from 859.

 Reflections in the windows in the open courtyard area.
 The science classroom.  Our tour guide is in the foreground.  The statues on the walls were of all kinds of famous scientists.  There were statues above the lecturn showing the muscles of the body. 
 This is the ceiling of the classroom. 
And the locked off portion of the library - There are some really ancient books in here.

Though not one of the most famous churches in Bologna, Santa Maria della Vita contains a set of statues showing the very emotional lamitation of Christ's death by Niccolo dell'Arca.  Bologna was not an area for marble, so he sculpted in terracotta. 

The guy on the left was supposed to be the guy who took Christ off the cross.  He is the only one who doesn't seem to feel anything.

The last picture is a typical street scene.


  1. I always thought Salamanca Spain had the oldest university in Europe but I'll have to check that now.

  2. Bologna aparently disputes the Morocco claim. They think they are the oldest!

  3. Oh, I'd like to see that science classroom some time!