Vicenza, UNESCO city
On December 15, 1994, Vicenza was included in the WHL - UNESCO World Heritage List. In 1996 the recognition was extended to Palladian villas located in the Veneto.
The site "City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto" includes the historic center of Vicenza, with its 23 Palladian monuments, including the Teatro Olimpico, and 24 Palladian villas distributed in the territory of the Veneto.
The reasons for the inclusion in the WHL concern the universally recognized value of the architectural works of Andrea Palladio, as stated in the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV).
Vicenza represents a unique artistic achievement in the many architectural contributions of Andrea Palladio, integrated within its historic fabric and creating its overall character. Scattered in the Veneto, the Palladian villas are the result of this Renaissance master’s architectural genius. The numerous variations of the villa pattern are evidence of Palladio’s constant typological experimentation, carried out by means of the reworking of classical architecture patterns.
Palladio’s works in the city of Vicenza and in the Veneto, inspired by classical architecture and characterized by incomparable formal purity, have exerted exceptional influence on architectural and urban design in most European countries and throughout the world, giving rise to Palladianism, a movement named after the architect and destined to last for three centuries.
UNESCO site: https://whc.unesco.org/en
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