Cultural Heritage

The University of Padova has existed for almost eight hundred years – a time which may be chronicled in many ways: the succession of influential figures, the changing nature of study, and of the very conception of knowledge and its recipients, history in continual transformation. The institution is also revealed through its artistic legacy. Monuments, palazzi and works which the University has commissioned or purchased over time all clearly reflect the vicissitudes of the patavina universitas.
At a time when the safeguarding of cultural assets must be measured – everywhere – against severe financial constraints, historic universities are duty bound to promote and make the most of their ‘family jewels’: a heritage which academic communities share with the cities in which they are embedded, and with every individual sensitive to the history of art and science.