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Orto Botanico di Pisa: photo description (Orto Botanico di Pisa)

The Botanical garden of Pisa, spread over an area of 3 hectares, is a structural subdivision of the University of Pisa, open daily to the public. It is probably the oldest Botanical garden in the world.

The garden was established in 1544 at the initiative of the famous botanist Luke, the Gini of Imola and with the financial support of the Grand Duke Cosimo I de ' Medici - then it was Europe's first University Botanical garden. In 1563 it was transferred from the garden of the convent of San Vito on the banks of the river (today this place is Arsenal) closer to the monastery of Santa Marta in the North-Eastern part of the city, in 1591, at the initiative of the then head of Lorenzo Mazzega - to its present location on via Luke, the Gini close to the famous Piazza del Duomo.

From the earliest days in the Botanical garden began to assemble a collection of natural objects (now the natural history Museum of Pisa) opened the library, which is part of the University library. In addition, there are a great collection of portraits of Directors of the Botanical garden, collected over the long ages of its history, and one of the first greenhouses, built in Italy out steel frames.

The modern Botanical garden of Pisa is divided into several sections, which you can see flower beds, ponds, greenhouses, and various buildings. It is grown local and exotic species of plants, both in greenhouses and outdoors. It is home to the arboretum. Attraction of the garden is a historic Botanical Institute, built 1591-1595 years, whose rear facade is decorated with sea shells and ceramic mosaics in the style of grotesque.