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Old June 29th, 2008, 04:40 PM   #1
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Padua (Italy). Pics from my city

I want to introduce you my city, Padua.

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Padua (Italian: Padova) is a city in the Veneto region, northern Italy. It is the capital of Padova province and the economic and communications hub of the province. Padua's population is 211,985 (2004). The city is sometimes included, with Venice, in the Padua-Venice Metropolitan Area; population 1,600,000.



Padua stands on the Bacchiglione River, and Brenta river (which once passed inside the city) still touches northern districts, 37 km west of Venice and 29 km southeast of Vicenza. Its agricultural setting is the Pianura Veneta, the "Venetian plain," To the city's south west lies the Euganaean Hills, praised by Lucan and Martial, Petrarch, Ugo Foscolo, and Shelley.
The city is picturesque, with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze, and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione, which once surrounded the ancient walls like a moat.

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Padua is the setting for most of the action in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew:

“For the great desire I had to see
fair Padua, nursery of arts, I am arrived…
and am to Padua come, as he that leaves
a shallow plash to plunge in the deep, and
with satiety seeks to quench his thirst.”
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Padua claims to be the oldest city in northern Italy. According to a tradition dated at least to Virgil's Aeneid, and rediscovered by the medieval commune to glorify itself, it was founded in 1183 BC by the Trojan prince Antenor, who was supposed to have led the people of Eneti or Veneti from the Balcanic region to Italy. The city exhumed a large stone sarcophagus in the year 1274 and declared these to represent Antenor's relics:



Patavium, as Padua was known by the Romans, was inhabited by (Adriatic) Veneti. They were reputed for their excellent breed of horses and the wool of their sheep. Its men fought for the Romans at Cannae. The city was a Roman municipium since 45 BC (os 43. It became so powerful that it was reportedly able to raise two hundred thousand fighting men. Abano, which is nearby, is the birthplace of the reputed historian Livy. Padua was also the birthplace of Valerius Flaccus, Asconius Pedianus and Thrasea Paetus.
The area is said to have been Christianized by Saint Prosdocimus. He is venerated as the first bishop of the city.

The rests of the Roman arena


Probably better known as the city of St. Anthony, Padua is one of the most important Art Cities in Italy.
I’m going to introduce you the most important monuments of the town, especially those realized between the 13th century and the 15th century, the most extraordinary economic and cultural period, that left an indelible mark on the town: the Medioeval City Walls, the great civil and religious buildings, the University, the wonderful frescoe-cycles realized by Giotto and his followers, and later the works by Andrea Mantegna and Donatello.

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The itinerary can start from the ancient Roman Amphitheatre (the Arena) which surrounds the Scrovegni Chapel, which holds, entirely preserved, the most complete cycle of frescoes produced by Giotto (1303-1305), one of the greatest monuments of figurative art of all time. In the nearby Eremitani Town Museum, fitted out in the former Augustinian Hermits monastery you can admire precious archeological finds dating back to the paleovenetian, roman, etruscan and paleochristian periods, rare coins collections, and famous works of art produced between the 14th and the 19th century. Amongst them: the Crucifix by Giotto and the Armed Angels painted by Guariento. The adjacent Eremitani Church, built at the turn of 13th century, has a wonderful wooden ceiling, due to Fra' Giovanni, and many monumental tombs.Badly damaged by bombing in 1944, it keeps in the Presbytery some frescoes by Guariento (1368 1370) and some juvenile masterpieces by Andrea Mantegna (1448-1457) in the Ovetari Chapel.

Scrovegni Chapel


Eremitani Church and the rest of the Roman arena.


Eremitani Church





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Not far away, separating Piazza delle Erbe from Piazza della Frutta, stands Palazzo della Ragione, commonly called Il Salone, a building of 1218, rebuilt in 1306 by Fra' Giovanni degli Eremitani. A busy market occupies daily the ground floor and the adjoining Piazze. The upper floor is one vast hall (81 mt long, 27 mt wide and 27 mt large). On the walls is an interesting cycle of frescoes of religious and astrological subjects (1425-1440).

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The nearby Piazza dei Signori is attractively enclosed by buildings. On the W side, Palazzo del Capitanio (1599-1605) incorporates the Torre dell'Orologio with its astronomical clock dating from 1344. The arch is by G.M. Falconetto. Beyond the Arco dell'Orologio is Piazza Capitaniato with the building of the arts faculty, the Liviano. It incorporates the Sala dei Giganti with frescoes dating from the 16th century.

















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The city centre includes also the Cathedral. Michelangelo took part in the design of the present building which was erected between the 16th and the 18th century Inside there are many important paintings, beautiful statues by the tuscan artist Giuliano Vangi. The nearby Baptistery (12th century, retouched in 1260), named after St. John the Baptist, holds the finest and most complete cycle of frescoes by the florentine painter Giusto de' Menabuoi (1376-1378), a masterpiece of the late 14th century, recently restored to its original splendour. The cycle begins with the wonderful Paradise and continues with the stories of St. John the Baptist, the Stories of Mary, the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.








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In the pedestrian area you can find Bo Palace, the ancient university seat. This large group of buildings, erected between 1542 and 1601, with modern addictions from 1920-1940, is the main seat of the University founded in 1222.
Particularly interesting are the Old Courtyard (mid16th century), by Andrea Moroni; the Room of the Forty with Galilei's chair, (he taught in Padua from 1592 to 1610), the Aula Magna, rich with coats of arms and decorations: the famous Anatomy Theatre by G. Fabrici d'Acquapendente, the oldest in the world (1594).







Opposite the University is the Caffe Pedrocchi, a complex building in neo-classic style with a flourish ornate Gothic, designed by the architect G. Jappelli in 1831. Its upper floor has rooms decorated in various styles. Famous meeting place for scholars, it was the scene of student uprising in 1848.









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A short walk leads to St.Anthony Basilica. Started immediately after the death of the Santo (1231) and completed at the beginning of the following century, it is an imposing construction in Romanesque Gothic style, with eight domes and spires of eastern inspiration. It holds the body of St. Anthony and is the object of pilgrimages from all over the world. Among the numberless works of art it keeps, one must point out the frescoes by Altichiero and Giusto de' Menabuoi (end of the 14th century). The Crucifix, the statues and the bronze reliefs of the High Altar, superlative works by Donatello (1444-1448); the Altar of the Saint and the Treasure Chapel.











Near the Basilica rise St.George Oratory, holding a great cycle of frescoes by Altichiero (1379-1384), the School of the Saint, that keeps three famous frescoes by Titian (1511), the Antoniani Museums, which keep a rare collection of sacred objects. In the square stands the bronze equestrian monument to the Gattamelata, Donatello's masterpiece, completed in 1453.




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Not far from the Basilica is the Botanical Garden, which was founded in 1545 with the name of "Simples Garden" (medicinal plants) by the Faculty of Medicine, was laid out by the architect A. Moroni. It displays an extremely important collection of rare plants.It houses the old library and botany collections of the University.












Prato della Valle, once a Roman theatre, has become the traditional site for fairs and amusements. The square is surrounded by historical monuments and palaces such as the Basilica of St. Justina and the Palazzo Angeli which houses the Museum of the magic lantern (pre-cinema).

























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Santa Sofia is most likely Padua's most ancient church. The crypt was begun in the late 10th century by Venetian craftsmen. It has a basilica plan with Romanesque-Gothic interior and Byzantine elements. The apse was built in the 12th century. The edifice appears to be tilting slightly due to the soft terrain.











The city centre is surrounded by the 11km-long city walls, built during the early sixteenth century, by architects that included Michele Sanmicheli. There are only a few ruins left, together with two gates, of the smaller and inner thirteenth-century walls. There is also a castle, the Castello. Its main tower was transformed between 1767 and 1777 into an astronomical observatory known as Specola. However the other buildings were used as prisons during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They are now being restored.

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That's the first I see pictures of Padua! I liked it very much! A charming city like many others in Italy! Thanks for sharing!
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