Padua – Day 3 – Part 3 – Porta Savonarola and More

Before long, we came upon a section of the old city walls.

Affixed to a section of the ancient city walls, you will see a plaque that honors three local men who lost their lives fighting against Nazi fascism.

The Porta Savonarola was one of the main gates leading into the city of Padua.  The gate was designed by the architect Giovanni Maria Falconetto, whose name is engraved on one of the walls, and dates from 1530.  The side doors you see here were used by the guards stationed at the gate.

Near the gate, you will find a monument dedicated to the civilian victims of the bombing of Padua, during World War II.  On February 8th, 1944, 400 people died when bombs fell on the bastion in which they were seeking shelter, a few feet away from where the monument now stands.

At Via Savonarola, #176, you will find the Chiesa di Sant’Antonio Abate, also known as Sant’Antonio di Vienna, which dates from the 13th century.


Next up: We conclude our third day in Padua with a visit to the Museo Eremitani, and the Palazzo della Ragione!


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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