Orto Botanico di Padova, Unesco Site, Padova, Italy

The world’s first botanical garden was created in Padua in 1545. It still preserves its original layout – a circular central plot, symbolizing the world, surrounded by a ring of water. Other elements were added later, some architectural and some practical. It continues to serve its original purpose as a centre for scientific research.

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