|The University of Padua is one of the most ancient Universities, having being
founded in 1222. Since its beginning, the University promoted a large variety of curricula,
as indicated by its initial Latin denomination “Gymnasium Omnium Disciplinarum”. In
particular, it strongly promoted innovative research and carefully supported academic
freedom, as shown by the prestigious scientists who taught in its lecture halls, including
Galileo, Copernicus and William Harvey; important milestones in the history of the
University of Padua are the foundation of the first botanical garden in 1545, the
introduction of autopsies with the construction of the first permanent anatomy theatre in
1594, and the first historically documented example of a lady who obtained a University
degree, namely Elena Lucrezia Cornaro in 1678.
An ornate carving over one of the doors to a building at the university. The carving is dated 1541. Photographed on Wednesday October 11th, 2006.