Knowledge and Beauty

The University of Padova (Padua) is one of the oldest universities in Europe.  Galileo taught there from 1592-1610.  Unfortunately no tours were available on the afternoon that I was in Padova so I didn’t get to see Galileo’s desk or one of the first anatomical theaters in Europe.

By the monument of Galileo in one of the University of Padova's courtyards

I went into several beautiful churches (my favorite — Gothic and Romanesque) and a number of other buildings with beautiful interiors.  However, most places didn’t allow photos or didn’t allow flash — which meant the photos I did take are blurry or dark.  One of the most amazing sites was the Pallazo del Ragione, a huge hall with frescoes and a giant horse statue by Donatello.  The photo doesn’t do it justice, but it was awe-inspiring.

Pallazo del Ragione and Horse Sculpture by Donatello


A scene from Padova


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Creating academic and public environments for the humanities to flourish Researching Soviet and Eastern European history Engaging people and ideas as a writer and interviewer Traveling as much as possible View all posts by amanda

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