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Botanical Garden of Padua, Padua, Veneto

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History and teachings
The world’s first botanical garden was created in Padua in 1545. It still preserves its original layout – a circular central plot, symbolizing the world, surrounded by a ring of water. Other elements were added later, some architectural (ornamental entrances and balustrades) and some practical (pumping installations and greenhouses). It continues to serve its original purpose as a centre for scientific research.

Cross-cultural dimensions
The Botanical Garden of Padua is the original of botanical gardens in Europe, and represents the birth of botanical science, of scientific exchanges, and understanding of the relationship between nature and culture. It represented a source of inspiration for many other gardens in Italy and around Europe and has influenced both their architectural and functional designs and their didactic and scientific approaches in medicinal plants studies and related disciplines. Since its foundation, it has been at the centre of a wide network of international relationships, contributing to the dissemination of the various aspects of the medicinal plants and botanical sciences and to the preservation of plant species ex-situ. It also made profound contributions to the development of many modern scientific disciplines, notably botany, medicine, ecology and pharmacy.

Useful information:
recommended for all; general; doesn’t require prior knowledge; accessible; affordable

Located in Padua. Accessible by public transportation. Guided tours available in different languages. Safety meausures covered.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Visitors are able to acquire scientific knowledge about nature and plants, thus, to develop system thinking, critical thinking, openness and respect for diversity.

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