Fontana Pretoria (1554-55) - the Fountain of Shame

 

Fontana Pretoria: Fontana della Vergogna (Fountain of Shame)

Fontana Pretoria, Palermo.

 

 

Fontana Pretoria, Palermo

The monument is opened to the public now and then. There is no information about opening hours.

 

 

Fontana Pretoria, Palermo

Detail of a statue in front of the fountain.

 

Fontana Pretoria, Fountain of Shame, Piazza Pretoria

Fontana Pretoria (1554-55), also known as the Fountain of Shame on Piazza Pretoria near the Quattro Canti intersection in Palermo. Goethe was appalled when he visited Palermo in 1787. Occasionally the gates are opened so that the visitors can wander freely around among the more or less grotesque sculptures.

 

 

Fontana Pretoria, Palermo. Elephant

The High Renaissance fountain (1554–1555) on Piazza Pretoria is designed by Francesco Camilliani, but it was not assembled and enlarged before 1573. The basin is decorated with more than 50 statues of all kinds of animals, monsters, harpies, sirens and tritons. The Palermitans call it Fontana della Vergogna (Fountain of Shame). Goethe visited Sicily in 1787, and was appalled when he saw the fountain, and even more appalled when he later visited Villa Palagonia in Bagheria.

 

 

Fontana Pretoria, Palermo

Fontana Pretoria is a perfect place for photographers to experiment with composition.

 

Fontana Pretoria, Palermo

Mixed creatures.

 

Fontana Pretoria, Palermo

Relief at Fontana Pretoria in Palermo.

 

 

Fontana Pretoria: Fontana della Vergogna (Fountain of Shame)

Fontana Pretoria, Palermo (relief).

 

Fontana Pretoria, Palermo

In the niches around the fountain, you can see the most grotesque and strange creatures.

 

Fountain of Shame, Palermo

Man resting at the Fountain of Shame. Paging Mr. Freud.

 

Fontana Pretoria: Fontana della Vergogna (Fountain of Shame)

Fontana della Vergogna (Fountain of Shame), Palermo.

 

 

Fontana Pretoria: Fontana della Vergogna (Fountain of Shame)

 

 

Fontana Pretoria: Fontana della Vergogna (Fountain of Shame)

Fontana della Vergogna.

 

Fontana Pretoria: Fontana della Vergogna (Fountain of Shame)

Fontana della Vergogna.

 

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Palermo Cathedral

The Church of the Gesù (Casa professa)

Fontana Pretoria

La Cuba

La Zisa

La Martorana

The Monreale Cathedral

The Monreale Cloister

The Museum of the Inquisition

Norman Palace

Cappella Palatina

Ponte dell’Ammiraglio

Quattro Canti

San Cataldo

San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi

San Giovanni degli Eremiti

Santa Maria della Catena

Street art

Bagheria: Villa Palagonia