05 February 2022
A two-page feature in
the ‘Church Review’
following a visit to Padua
One recent morning, I took an early morning train from Venice to Padua, which is said to be one of the oldest cities in northern Italy. Padua is listed by Unesco, and has one of the oldest universities in Europe.
My monthly column in this month’s edition of the Church Review (February 2022), is a two-page, illustrated feature, on Padua. The i>Church Review is the monthly magazine of the Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough. It is edited by the Revd Nigel Waugh, Rector of Delgany, Co Wicklow, and this month’s edition is available in churches throughout the diocese tomorrow morning (6 February 2022).
Padua is a picturesque city, less than an hour from Venice, with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze or squares, once surrounded by the city’s ancient walls.
I was in Padua primarily to see Giotto’s decoration of the Scrovegni Chapel, which is undoubtedly his masterpiece. But I also visited the university, one of the oldest in Western Europe, learned about Dante’s links with the city, and visited the last surviving synagogue in the old ghetto of Padua.
But more about Padua, and my visit to the city, on this blog tomorrow afternoon.