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Padua
Padova  (Italian)
Pàdova  (language?)
Comune
Città di Padova
Prato della Valle
Prato della Valle
Flag of Padua
Flag
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Province Padua (PD)
Area
 • Total 92.85 km2 (35.85 sq mi)
Elevation 12 m (39 ft)
Population (31 October 2011)
 • Total 214,125
 • Density 2,306.14/km2 (5,972.9/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Padovano
Patavino
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 35100
Dialing code 049
Patron saint Saint Anthony of Padua
Saint day June 13
Website www.comune.padova.it
Basilika des hl. Antonius
S. Antony's cathedral
Abbazia di Santa Giustina
S. Giustina's cathedral

Padua (Italian: Padova) is an Italian city near Venice. It has about 210,000 people.

An old myth says that Padua was founded by the Trojan Antenore. There was a settlement since the 4th century before Christ. It got under Roman power in 215 B.C. In 426 A.D. Padua became destroyed by Attila. Narses reconstructed the city, but the Langobardes destroyed it a second time. Charles, the Great got Padua in 774 under power of the Francs, later the city joined the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation.

After struggles with Frederic Barbarossa it declared peace in 1177. In 1222 the second university of Italy was founded in Padua. The Gulfs got Padua in 1256, later the Republic of Venice got control about the city until Napoleon Bonaparte got it.

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