Padua – Day 3 – Part 2 – A Morning Stroll

Next to the Scoletta del Carmine, you will find the Basilica del Carmine, also known simply as I Carmini, which dates from 1446.

The portal over the entrance of the basilica dates from 1737, and the three statues we see on top are by Tommaso Bonazza.

The carved wooden door dates from 1412.

A plaque on the facade of the church recalls the night in 1917, when an Austrian bomb set fire to the dome of the basilica, destroying it.

A plaque on the facade of a building marks the place where Gianfranco Folena, the Italian linguist and philologist, held the department chair of Romance Philology, and later of History of the Italian Language, at the University of Padua.

The Chiesa del Beato Antonio Pellegrino can be found at Via Beato Pellegrino, #32.  The church dates from the 16th century, even though construction on the building was not completed until 1943.  Today, it is the main church of the Romanian community in Padua.

If you ever come across what appears to be an ancient marble, or a stone fragment, embedded in the facade of a building, just know that it is an Italian tradition to incorporate any ancient stones, uncovered during the construction of a building, into its design.  Be on the lookout for them!  You will be surprised by how many you will see!

The Teatro Maddalene, on Via San Giovanni di Verdara, is housed in an former church that dates from the 14th century.  Damage from the 2012 earthquake caused the theater to be closed.  Restoration work began in 2014, and is still ongoing.


Next up: We make our way to Porta Savonarola, and much more from beautiful Padua!


Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations that may appear.  If you have enjoyed this post, please, check out our archives for more posts from Padua, as well as other Italian destinations.  Grazie!


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