Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationCity and Province of Padova, Veneto Region,
CoordinatesN45 23 56.8 E11 52 50.4
Inscription Date1997
Property (ha)2.2
Buffer Zone (ha)11
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
Unesco Reference Number824
DescriptionThe world's first botanical garden was created in Padua in 1545. It still preserves its original layout – a circular central plot, symbolizing the world, surrounded by a ring of water. Other elements were added later, some architectural (ornamental entrances and balustrades) and some practical (pumping installations and greenhouses). It continues to serve its original purpose as a centre for scientific research.
StatusWorld Heritage Site