Saturday, October 11, 2008

Anatomy theatre

Here's a place I will probably see only in photographs. The earliest anatomy theatre was built at the University of Padua in 1594 and is still preserved! This is where public dissections took place. Another early anatomy theatre was located in Leiden and no longer exists, but a life-size model of it has been built, complete with the animal skeletons that used to be displayed in the off-season (the dissections could only be carried out in cool weather).

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