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  • Laurene M
    San Francisco, CA389 contributions
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    This chapel is one of the most important sites in Padua for the splendid array of frescoesby Giotto. To see this chapel, a visitor needs to book a reservation early. An excellent movie is shown to give visitors background information about the frescoes and the Scrovegni family. Once inside the chapel, visitors stay for 15 minutes to view frescoes on Mary’s father and mother, Mary and Joseph, the life of Christ, and lessons on virtues versus vices. Up above, one sees a beautiful blue sky.
    Written May 3, 2024
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  • Zenaida
    Antioch, CA20 contributions
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    The Basilica was great! We had a good time exploring the city of Padova and the food was great! Our mother celebrated her 88th birthday in Padova.
    Written May 6, 2024
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  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia33,619 contributions
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    The name of the largest square in Italy (88 thousand square meters) comes from the Latin praetum - meadow, and valle - valley. However, "prato" does not mean that there was a grazing place for cattle, in the Middle Ages this word was used to refer to a large space intended for trade. Before the XVIII century, there was indeed a large market here. In 1767, Prato changed owners and instead of the monastery of Santa Giustina, the local municipality took over it, instructing Andrea Memmo to transform the former flea market into a public space, as they say now. Memmo created a park with a central island surrounded by an artificial channel in the form of an ellipse, placing a triple ring of statues on the shores. Memmo, however, did not manage to create the third ring of statues, as well as install the planned 88 statues. There are 78 statues in total, instead of the remaining ones there are either obelisks or empty pedestals. Statues of famous Paduans or people related to Padua are installed on the square. The names of most of them will not say anything even to erudite people, but there are famous characters... The famous Roman historian Titus Livius was born in Patavia (Padua). The Polish king -commander Stefan Batory and the humanist Francesco Guicciardini studied at the University of Padua, but Galileo was in charge of the mathematics department there. Another famous king-commander Gustavus Adolphus II stands here because he visited Padua during a trip to Italy. Fortunately for Italy without its troops, otherwise Padua would have shared the terrible fate of Magdeburg. The famous early Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna (another name Andrea da Padua) was formed as an artist in Padua, and the sculptor Antonio Canova worked here a little. The poet Francesco Petrarch lived out his life in Padua. If you have time, you can circle around the ring, looking at the characters. And, of course, to enjoy the geometry of the Memmo from above, you need a copter, which, alas, I broke...
    Written April 21, 2024
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  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,176 contributions
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    A medieval market hall, town hall and palace of justice building, Palazzo della Ragione is one of the largest medieval halls still extant. It was begun in 1172 and completed in 1219.
    The ground floor has hosted the market hall of the city for over 800 years, and the upper floor was divided into three spaces until 1420, when the current great hall was formed.
    All four walls of the great hall are covered with more than three hundred different scenes that were frescoed between 1425 and 1440 by Nicolò Miretto and Stefano da Ferrara.
    A wooden horse inside the Great Hall was built in 1466 and modelled on Donatello's Equestrian statue of Gattamelata.

    Palazzo della Ragione is part since 2021 of Padua's fourteenth-century fresco cycles, with Scrovegni Chapel, Church of the Eremitani, Chapel of the Carraresi Palace, Cathedral Baptistery, Basilica and Monastery of St. Anthony, Oratory of St. George, Oratory of St.Michael. A cumulative ticket called “Urbis Picta” (painted town) is available to visit all the UNESCO sites in Padova.
    Written February 28, 2024
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  • Heli K
    Lappeenranta, Finland1,686 contributions
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    World's oldest university's botanical garden and UNESCO World Heritage site. Most precious plants are palm tree from 16th century and Europe's oldest Magnolia-tree. Also the new green houses representing different climates were worth visiting. Nice place to visit in a hot day. I would recommend this place also for families with children.
    Written July 5, 2023
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  • Hendrik_NL
    Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,804 contributions
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    When you think of the most famous cities in Italy, the 'usual suspects' pop up almost automatically. Rome, Firenze, Venezia, Milano. But Italy can be proud of an untold number of cities and towns, worth a visit, just like the famous ones. I visited Padova, of course overshadowed by its famous neighbour Venezia, but I can assure you that Padova has it all. A splendid historic center with buildings going back to the 13th Century, magnificent churches, streets and squares with restaurants, Italian bars and speciality shops and everything you may expect from an Italian city on the Unesco World Heritage List. Arriving by car, using the multilevel car park close to the train station is the best option. But it is a 15 minute walk to Padova center. There are parking garages closer by, but those tend to be more expensive.
    Written November 25, 2023
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  • Mats j
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    It’s a small city but feels bigger. Lots to do and see and easy to walk around. The basilica is fantastic. I was very surprised by its beauty and size. It’s even free to enter.
    Written May 10, 2024
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  • Dominik Kiezik
    Warsaw, Poland5,284 contributions
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    It gives an additional star for the contribution of the University of Padua to the history of the emergence and strengthening of the Polish State in the late Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. From this and next to the University of Bologna emerged scholars who often wrote down and constituted the laws of Poland in past centuries. The buildings themselves are also beautiful and worth visiting.
    Written June 11, 2023
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  • Uday T
    London, UK1,896 contributions
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    We visited teh square at various times of teh day, when visiting buikldings, looking for lunch, sipping coctails in teh evening. It is always buzzing, interesting and wonderful to contemplate. The buildings are fantastic especially the clock tower. The different times of days gives a different perspective and is worth doing
    Written August 30, 2023
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  • Peter H
    12 contributions
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    A beautiful and clean city. It has lots of historic buildings and churches. The piazzas and statues are numerous and beautiful. There are lots of bars and restaurants.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,176 contributions
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    The Basilica di Santa Giustina is a huge church, the ninth biggest in the world, and the seventh biggest in Italy: it is 122 meters long (over 133 yards) and 82 meters wide (269 ft). The original church dates back to the 6th century. It was rebuilt after the 1117 earthquake, and then rebuilt again between 1501 and 1606.

    There are several side chapels, with very ornate altars, and several saints are buried in this church, such as St. Justina, St. Luke the Evangelist, St. Julian the Hospitaller, St. Matthias the Apostle, St. Prosdocimus first Bishop of Padova.

    Very beautiful frescoes, paintings, altarpieces, statues can be seen in the church.
    Written March 1, 2024
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  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,176 contributions
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    Chiesa degli Eremitani (Hermits' Church) is a 13th century Gothic style church, very close to the Cappella Scrovegni with Giotto frescoes and the municipal archeology and art gallery (Musei Civici agli Eremitani). The church was damaged during WW II: the façade, the ceiling and the apse were partly destroyed and the two chapels (Dotto and Ovetari) were completely destroyed.

    The frescoes in the Ovetari chapel (by Andrea Mantegna, Ansuino da Forlì and Bono da Ferrara) were almost completely destroyed: only two scenes detached previously and a few fragments were saved. Scattered fragments were recomposed during the restoration completed in 2006.

    This church is part since 2021 of Padua's fourteenth-century fresco cycles UNESCO world heritage site, together with Scrovegni Chapel, Palazzo della Ragione, Chapel of the Carraresi Palace, Cathedral Baptistery, Basilica and Monastery of St. Anthony, Oratory of St. George, Oratory of St.Michael. A cumulative ticket called “Urbis Picta” (painted town) is available to visit all the UNESCO sites in Padova.
    Written March 1, 2024
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