Archiginnasio of bologna
Historical tomes and coats of arms - a symbol of one of the world's oldest universities
As of the 11th century, the Archiginnasio of the famed University of Bologna educated thousands of elite students in law, the arts, medicine, and philosophy - one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the world. These students were from wealthy and/or aristocratic families, whose coats of arms you can still see on these walls - more than 7,000 in all, practically works of art in and of themselves. You'll find many in the Common Library, aka the Reading Room, in front of the Aula Stabat Mater - a room which also holds more than 35,000 historic tomes on philosophy, history, political sciences, natural sciences, and more. It's the region's largest library.