In this chapter we discuss one of the most important areas of the historic center, in fact here is the Padova Cathedral and the Baptistery.
The Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, also called the Padova Cathedral, was founded in the early Middle Ages and today presents itself as a sixteenth-century reconstruction, thanks to the project by Michelangelo Buonarroti.
It has an unfinished terracotta facade, like many other buildings in the city, is modest and without architectural impulses, but its long and tormented history of invasions and earthquakes does not deprive it of a certain charm.
Its majestic interior in the shape of a Latin cross, is divided into three naves and recalls, on a smaller scale, the Basilica of Santa Giustina.On its right, still facing Duomo Square, we find the Baptistery, one of the most scintillating evidence of 14th century art.
This enchanting niche is due to the wife of Francesco il Vecchio da Carrara, Fina Buzzaccarini, who chose it as the place of his last rest, later destined to become a mausoleum for the entire dynasty.
The baptistery was decorated by Giusto de Menabuoi, between 1374 and 1376, with splendid frescos in which it represents several episodes of the life of St. John the Baptist, Mary and Jesus. Finally, the representation of Paradise inside the dome is spectacular. a huge Christ in the center surrounded by a multitude of saints.
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