This is the seventh in my series of posts from my family’s trip to Italy with the St. Mary’s of the Lake Choir from Skaneateles, NY. If you’d like to check out the earlier posts, you can find them by clicking these links – PART1, PART2, PART3, PART4, PART5, PART6
Father Bob’s word of the day was belong. He reminded us that we all belong to God and should reach out to people and invite them in to church.
Padua is a city and in the province of Veneto in northern Italy. It is also the economic and communications hub of the area with a population around 214,000
Padua is on the Bacchiglione River, 25 miles west of Venice and has the University of Padua, founded in 1222, where Galileo Galilei was a lecturer.
We were surprised at how picturesque the city is with large communal piazze, and many bridges crossing the various branches of the river.
Padua is the setting for most of the action in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
Piazza and Basilica of St. Anthony
We learned that Padua is heavily influenced by Saint Anthony. He was born Fernando Martins de Bulhões (15 August 1195 – 13 June 1231) in Portugal and was a Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. He was born and raised by a wealthy family in Lisbon, Portugal, and died in Padua. Noted by his contemporaries for his powerful preaching, expert knowledge of scripture, and undying love and devotion to the poor and the sick, he was one of the most quickly canonized saints in church history. He is also the patron saint of lost things.
The Scrovegni Chapel
The Scrovegni Chapel contains a fresco paintings by Giotto that were completed in about 1305 and are considered to be an important masterpiece of Western art. They are the first religious paintings of this type to show emotion and the illusion of three dimensions.
Giotto and his team covered all the internal surfaces of chapel with frescos, including the walls and the ceiling. The largest part are extensive panels showing the Life of Christ and the Life of the Virgin. The wall at the rear of the church, through which the chapel is entered, has a large Last Judgement. There are also panels showing the Vices and Virtues.
This was one of the hidden gems of the trip. The paintings in this chapel were painstakingly restored and the environment is heavily controlled only allowing a limited number of visitors that have to go through a ‘cooling down’ period before entering.