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Vicenza, UNESCO city

On 15 December 1994, Vicenza was added to the list of world heritage sites.
The twenty-three Palladian monuments in the old city centre and three villas outside the old city walls by the famous architect are included on the list.
Palladio’s city can therefore boast the title of “World Heritage Site” because “it represents a unique artistic achievement in the many architectural contributions of Andrea Palladio, integrated within its historic fabric and creating its overall character.
The city and Palladio’s works have exerted exceptional influence on architectural and urban design in most European countries and throughout the world”.

In 1996 a further sixteen Palladian villas located all over the province were also included in the UNESCO list.
Vicenza is therefore one of the UNESCO sites with the biggest number of protected monuments, with no fewer than 47, even if the whole of the old city, modelled by the genius of Palladio, is quite deservedly considered a “world heritage site”.
On 15 December 1994, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee met in Pukhet in Thailand and added Vicenza to the list, based on two criteria:
Vicenza represents a unique artistic achievement in the many architectural contributions of Andrea Palladio, integrated within its historic fabric and creating its overall character.
Thanks to its typical architectural structure, the city has exerted exceptional influence on the history of architecture, dictating the rules for urban design in most European countries and throughout the world

 

UNESCO website: www.sitiunesco.it

To find out more about Vicenza and the Palladian villas in the Veneto region:
www.sitiunesco.it/vicenza-la-citta-e-le-ville-del-palladio-nel-veneto

Vicenza Città UNESCO