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Botanical Garden – Goethe’s plant

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The Botanical Garden is the only place in the city that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the past, indigenous and exotic plants from the Venetian Republic, Africa and the Americas were cultivated here, while today some six thousand species of medicinal, succulent, carnivorous, poisonous and exotic plants are preserved. The oldest plant on display here is Goethe's, planted in 1585 and now kept in an octagonal greenhouse. Despite its height of twelve metres, it is a dwarf palm, which became famous when Goethe noticed it in 1786 and, after analysing it, wrote about it in his work 'The Metamorphosis of Plants'.

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