|Heraldry illuminates a stairway of the Archiginnasio, Bologna|
|* Central courtyard and loggia of the Archiginnasio (photo)|
|enclosed gallery of the Archiginnasio with the coats of arms of past students|
|Stairway of the Artisti, Palazzo Archiginnasio|
The honor of displaying a crest was reserved for those students elected as heads of the nationes (student organizations.) These escutcheons or coats of arms indicate the home country or city of the student, along with the student's name.
|Up the stairway of the Legisti, and the Lion of Venice|
|Sala Rusconi, a former lecture hall, begins an enfilade of library stacks full of rare and important texts.|
|plaster plaques with more coats of arms hang like fringe around a memorial|
|The crests and mottos of even the unknown past students, emanate a message of history and continuation|
|a dramatic passageway leading to the lecture halls|
all photos in the post by Lynne Rutter
except * by Guido Barbi.
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