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Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1545
Date of Inscription: 1997
Location: Europe, Italy, City and Province of Padova, Veneto Region
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Description: Padua holds the world's first botanical garden, created in 1545. In spite of the centuries gone by, it still safeguards its original layout – a rounded central plot, representing the world, encircled by a stream of water. Additional elements have been added through the years, some architectural, decorative entryways and balustrades, and some practical, pumping installations and greenhouses. It has continued to function for its original intention - as a scientific research centre. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Orto Botanico di Padova is the world's oldest academic botanical garden that is still in its original location. (Officially, the oldest university botanical garden is the Orto botanico di Pisa, which was founded in 1544; however, that garden was relocated twice and has only occupied its current, and now-permanent, location since 1591.) It is located in Padua, Italy and was founded in 1545. The garden, affiliated with the University of Padua, currently covers roughly 22,000 square meters, and is known for its special collections and historical design. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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