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City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 2nd cent.BC
Date of Inscription: 1994
Location: Europe, Italy, Veneto Region, Provinces of Padua, Rovigo, Treviso, Venice, Verona and Vicenza
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Description: The Northern Italian city of Vicenza, while founded back in the 2nd century B.C., flourished under Venetian rule from early 15th to the late 18th century. Andrea Palladio (1508–80) based his work on a detailed study of classical Roman architecture, thus giving the city its distinctive appearance. The urban buildings designed by Palladio, as well as his villas (spread throughout the Veneto region), had a vital influence on the architectural developments. A distinct architectural style known as Palladian that was inspired by his work spread to England and other European countries, as well as to North America. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Vicenza is a city in northern Italy, is the capital of the eponymous province in the Veneto region, at the northern base of the Monte Berico, straddling the Bacchiglione. Vicenza is approximately 60 km west of Venice and 200 km east of Milan. As of 2007 Vicenza had an estimated population of 119,038. The City centre of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto are a cluster of works by Andrea Palladio and his students which were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1994 and expanded two years later. The term villa was always used to describe the country house distinguishing them from the family Palazzo which was usually in town. In most cases the family coupled their surname with the Palazzo or Villa title, hence confusingly there is both a Villa and a Palazzo Chiericati, just as there is a Palazzo Foscari in Venice and a Villa Foscari in the Veneto. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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