Saturday, 26 October 2013

Padova

Padua, city of science and culture.
Probably better known as the city of St. Anthony or as the economic capital of Veneto, Padua is one of the most important Art Cities in Italy.
The town is surrounded by a formidable ring of walls and bulkwarks that establishes the definitive urban shape. New buildings and solemen churches rise up. The University (1222) goes through a period of great splendour: Galilei teaches here.
The ancient Roman Amphitheatre (the Arena) 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.
The magic scenography of Prato della Valle, at the end of the 18th century, marks the end of four centuries of Venetian domination.

The St. Anthony Basilica, in Romanesque Gothic style:
The Prato della Valle, or "the largest square in Europe":
The Caffè Pedrocchi (1831), in neo-classic style:
The Scrovegni Chapel with Giotto's frescoes:






 

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