Thursday, February 26, 2015

Aug 2013: The Fountain of Shame

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So we landed in the Piazza Pretoria..

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It has these awesomely brilliant old medieval buildings surrounding the fountain. On the right is what looks like the townhall.

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and here’s the fountain in question. It was made by Francesco Camilliani.

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this was originally designed for a private villa but this was bought by the Senate of Palermo.

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broken up into hundreds of pieces, it was transported all the way from Florence in mainland Italy and moved to Palermo

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you can just imagine the sheer logistical challenge of moving such a giant piece of sculpture

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this was done in 1584.

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amazing faces on the sculptures.

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Behind the fountain is the back end of the Chiesa di Santa Caterina which I have blogged before.

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That dome belongs to the San Giuseppe dei Teatini church, which unfortunately we were not able to see but the cupola has some amazing tile work.

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the fountain is about 20-30 meters across. And now for some nudes, which scandalised the good citizens of Palermo so much that it was named as the Fountain of Shame.

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amazing stuff. I particularly liked the little paunches that the nymphs had :) very cute.

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the steps had these helmeted lions on both sides. strange caps they wore


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we started moving to see the Cathedral

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I just love the balconies and the cast iron work photo 521-IMG_6546_zps2cf1d8d7.jpg

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Some very curious artefacts on these balconies.

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I come across this little statue on a plinth.

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Charles the Vth…

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that is the cutest sight ever.

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some of the buildings were under repair.

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hmmm, good idea.

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lol, hot bed of communism eh?

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now that would be an inquisition.

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very nice.

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I wish I could go check this out but my suspicion is that the kids would have revolted.

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Another little alleyway.

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