Medical monuments in the main building of the University of Vienna

The main building of the University of Vienna (Universitätsring, 1) - especially its arcaded courtyard - contains a great number of monuments, busts, bas-reliefs… of its most notable people and professors. Many of them belonged to the local medical school.


Also the external decoration of the building presents the monuments or the names of people who were relevant for the history of medicine and related sciences, such as Hippocrates (statue, left), Claudius Galen (statue, right), Averroes (medallion, left), Avicenna (medallion, right), Leopold Auenbrugger (inscription, left) and William Harvey (inscription, right).


And Erasistratus (statue, left), Herophilos (statue, right), Heliodorus (medallion, right), Aretaeus of Cappadocia (medallion, left) and Marcello Malpighi (inscription, center).

  • Photos by Luca Borghi ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#| (August 2016), courtesy of Julia Rüdiger

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- Julia Rüdiger, Dieter Schweizer (eds.), Sites of Knowledge. The University of Vienna and its Buildings. A History 1365 – 2015, Böhlau, Wien 2015, pp. 382

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