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Maserà di Padova

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For some historians, the town's name derives from the Latin word "macera" (ruins, element subject to landslides), while for others it refers to the local traditional activity of flax retting. It is a municipality in the province of Padua, not far from the main capital, in a flat area rich in water springs.
Unfortunately there is not much documented information on its foundation and it is believed to be a stable settlement formed in pre-Roman or Roman times. Colonized by the Romans, the farmlands, reclaimed by the marshlands, were divided into "centurie", a rational exploitation of the countryside, the area experienced a discrete period of development. After the Fall of Rome and the subsequent invasion of the Barbarians, the area submitted a period a decay and destruction. Subsequently it was assigned to the Benedictines. The first documented evidence of the existence of the town dates back to the first half of the XIII century. In the XVI century, Maserà was raided and plundered by the troops of the League of Cambrai, and only later under the domain of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, the town managed to live through a period of peace and prosperity.

Attractions:
- the Parish Church of the hamlet of Bertipaglia, which is a building with classical forms. The façade, surmounted by a pediment, is embellished by four half-columns resting on high bases. Among the pairs of columns, enclosed in two tall, narrow niches, there are several statues. The building is flanked by a Bell Tower, which is topped by a spire;
- the Church of Ca 'Mura features a façade enriched with pilasters and a niche with frescoes, located above the front door. The building has a single nave plan and preserves within a XVI century altar;
- the rural Church of St. John the Baptist;
- the Parish Church dedicated to Santa Maria;
- the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary;
- the XVIII century Villa Petrobelli;
- the Ethnographic Museum in Bertipaglia.

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