Faith and art


In Piazza Duomo stands the sixteenth-century Cathedral.

Its Baptistery represents one of the landmarks of Padua history. The oldest part of the building dates back to the 12th century; inside, it is lined with beautiful fourteenth-century frescoes by Giusto de’Menabuoi, a follower of Giotto’s.

The breathtaking representation of the Paradise on the dome was commissioned by Fina Buzzaccarini, wife of the most eminent 14th c. lord of Padua, Francesco il Vecchio da Carrara: the hundreds of saints portraied on the dome watched over Fina and Francesco’s tomb, once placed exactly at the centre of the baptistery.