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The oldest city in northern Italy, it was founded in 1183 BC by a Trojan prince.
Today, Padua is known for its history, as the home of the ancient University of Padua, for its architecture, riverwalk, and botanical gardens.
People Born in Padua
Padua in People's Lives
Anthony of Padua: I chose this as my home city in 1226, to be a base for my Franciscan teachings, as my sermons gathering renown. I lived here on and off, and visited often, between 1228 - 1231. In 1231, I became ill with ergotism - a type of slow poisoning, and went with two friars to a woodland retreat right outside this city. There, I lived under a walnut tree and prayed. When my symptoms did not lessen, I was taken by the friars to the nearby Poor Clare monastery, just outside Padua, where I died in 1231, at the age of 35. There are various legends about my death, including the belief that at the hour of my death, children began spontaneously wailing in the streets, and bells began ringing all by themselves. Another says that my tongue never turned to dust along with the rest of my body, and lived on after me, offering proof that I had the God-given gift of speech.