Over the centuries, the Garden of Padova has placed itself in the middle of a widespread network of International relations, by exerting a deep influence upon the research and holding a leading role in the exchange of ideas, knowledge, plants and scientific material.
On the basis of such considerations, in 1997 it has been inscribed on the World Heritage List as a cultural good. In fact it exhibits an important interchange of human values, within the cultural area of botany sciences (and bears an exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition.
The motivation given by the World Heritage Committee for inscribing the Botanical Garden of Padova on the list was:
“the Botanical Garden of Padua is the original of all botanical gardens throughout the world, and represents the birth of science, of scientific exchanges, and understanding of the relationship between nature and culture. It has made a profound contribution to the development of many modern scientific disciplines, notably botany, medicine, chemistry, ecology, and pharmacy.”