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PADOVA

Pathetic places need horse (or gondola) races; this one gives a chance for modern rollerbladers too, I think. The magic scenography of the large elliptical place PRATO DELLA VALLE in Padua (Padova, Italy) is a variation of the big amphitheater of this town which already has been well known 4 hundred years before Christ. Though deleted completely in the year 600 by the Logobardes this city is still living. The foundation of the university (1222), where Galilei worked, the big city walls (16th century) or this powerful urban construction PRATO DELLA VALLE (18th century) is a visual sign. Nowadays the architect Libeskind has built a September Eleven (2001) memorial – or Kengo Kuma’s architectural work is presented in the old town-hall PALAZZO DELLA RAGIONE (12th century). Something to criticize? Yes. The pope put the statue of GARIBALDI away. In the middle of the place of Garibaldi now we can find a Madonna-statue...

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"Prato della Valle" (Field of the Valley) :

88620 square meters

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padua

it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prato_della_Valle

 

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Taken on December 27, 2007