Padova

PADOVA

In the central area of the Veneto plains, among lagoon, hills and Alpine foothills, lies the Province of Padua, a fascinating mixture of art, cultures, flavors and traditions.

A visit to the Province is a discovery of a territory remarkably rich in history, culture, vitality and ingenuity, characterized by a great variety of places to see, products to taste, and people to meet. An inventive and hard-working people have known how to renew their traditions time and again. .

PADOVA E PRATO DELLA VALLE

Prato della Valle (Prà deła Vałe in Venetian) is a 90,000 square meter elliptical square in Padova, Italy. It is the largest square in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. Today, the square is a large space with a green island at the center, l’Isola Memmia, surrounded by a small canal bordered by two rings of statues.

PADOVA AND BASILICA OF SAINT ANTHONY

The actual Basilica of Saint Anthony at Padua is largely the result of three different reconstructions, which took place over a period of about 70 years: 1238-1310. In St. Anthony’s time there was the little church Santa Maria Mater Domini, which was then integrated into the Basilica and is now the Chapel of the Black Madonna. Next to this, in 1229, the Friary sprang up, which was probably founded by St. Anthony himself. St. Anthony died in 1231 in Arcella, in the north of the city where a Clarisse monastery then stood, his body – according his own wishes – was transported and buried in the little church Santa Maria Mater Domini. The construction of the first nucleus of the Basilica, a Franciscan church with only a single nave and a short transept, began in 1238; two lateral naves were added and it was eventually transformed into the amazing structure that we admire today.

Saint Anthony is one of the most beloved saints in the world. He is the “Wonder Worker”, whose feast day is celebrated on 13 June, the date of his death, but he was above all a great spiritual leader, and was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII. He is remembered as Saint Anthony of Padua, though he was not born there. He devoted the most significant part of his ministry in that city and died and was buried there in 1231. Pope Gregory IX canonized him only a year after his death.

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