FALCONETTO, Giovanni Maria
(b. 1468, Verona, d. 1535, Padova)

Porta San Giovanni


The walls of Padua are a complex of defensive works around the Italian city of Padua. One of the main gates of access is the Porta San Giovanni, designed by the architect Giovanni Maria Falconetto. This gate, completed in 1528, originally had a frieze showing the Lion of Saint Mark, symbol of the Venetian Republic. The frieze was destroyed during the Napoleonic Wars.