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Piazza Pretoria

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Address: , Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: This grand square features a splendid fountain, erected during the heyday...
This grand square features a splendid fountain, erected during the heyday of the Spanish Inquisition, which features sixteen statues that are nudes of nymphs, humans, mermaids and satyrs; truly a surprise that this type of art was permitted during that dark time in history.
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The most beautiful Fountain

This is a beautiful fountain in Palermo, if there is a fountain to see in Palermo this is the one to see.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This is a beautiful fountain in Palermo, if there is a fountain to see in Palermo this is the one to see.

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Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Beautiful place for lovers of history, monuments and emotions. If you are in the nearby you shouldn’t really miss it. Very close to 'Quattro Canti"the famous cross in the heart of Palermo

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This stands in front of a police quarters and when we were there, there was a poster draped about the police being anti-mafia. It provided a picture to fuel subsequent discussion.

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Rijeka, Croatia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

In the vicinity of Quattro Canti square and Via Maqueda, this is surely the most famous landmark of Palermo. It is dominated by equally famous fountain and surrounded by some fine historical buildings.

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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I love the surprise factor of this square. I like the size , the space of the fountain within the small size of the square.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

An elegant square, which is home to the famous Pretoria Fountain, there are impressive buildings on three sides which provide excellent backgrounds for photographs. The fountain is a quite spectacular piece of architecture and it would be even more impressive if it was operating properly. The square is extremely close to the “Quatro Canti”, so visitors can see two major... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This is another locale in Palermo you should walk by at least once. the fountain was designed for a palazzo and moved here later. Noteworthy also is the town hall "of the eagle"', for the specimen above the door, in front of the fountain. Enter also the church across the street for a stroll-through. statues of four major rivers; compare... More 

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Tortona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Undoubtedly Pretoria square is the symbol of Palermo, before going here I saw some pictures of the city and this place looks like a little Rome. Beautiful fountain in the middle of it, the fabulous statues that adorn it. Pretoria square however is not just the fountain, but also a glimpse of great historical buildings and old churches, in short,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This is a rather large fountain placed in a courtyard that is very cramped compared to the size and scope of the fountain. According to my guide, the fountain was planned and constructed and then afterwards a place had to be found for it, hence giving it that squished-in appearance. It is near La Martorana off Via Maqueda, so it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Beautiful fountain. Great for photos. The fountain has sixteen nude statues of nymphs, humans, mermaids and satyrs. This neighborhood (old city center) is full of memorable churches and monuments. The City Hall is right next to the fountain. The Quattro Canti - four corners... is a only few steps away. The sculptures on each of the four corners depict a... More 

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