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Piazza Pretoria

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Address: | Piazza, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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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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A highlight of your visit

A beautiful fountain and piazza where you can now walk inside and take a closer look but becareful not to sit down and make the policeman blow his whistle which might be a bit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A beautiful fountain and piazza where you can now walk inside and take a closer look but becareful not to sit down and make the policeman blow his whistle which might be a bit embarrasing. Best photographed from the rising steps at one end of the piazza.

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Brugge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

nice square with beautiful fountain. The fountain, with lots of nude, has given the square the name "square of shame". But actually it has added lots of value and atmosphere to the place. Very strange is that many private parts of the nudes, have been removed

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Get to know your history, this place is wonderful. The locals are helpful and this place is gorgeous.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 572 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

50 met west on Via Maqueda from Quattro Canti and you'll bop on this cute little square. It's encircled with the City Hall, St.Catherine Church and a palace. The highlight of the piazza is the Pretoria (Shame) fountain standing in the middle (see that review).

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Impressive building of the Palermo City Hall is dominant in the square. Together with the huge fountain, it's one of the major attractions of Palermo's historic center.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just wandered in by accident but it is beautiful. It's always lovely when you just wander and come across things. Beautiful fountain.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A not very impressive piazza, rather dreary and not particularly clean without any real sense of purpose other than to house the most beautiful Pretoria Fountain, just rather disappointing context, but easy to traverse and get to see the fountain at its heart.

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Gurgaon, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can see why they call it the Square of Shame! You can get a good view / picture of the whole square by climbing up the small flight of stairs leading to a nearby building. When I visited it did smell of pee and there was a fair bit of the previous night's debris. But a wonderful place to... More 

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oxford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You walk around the corner in a traditional Sicilian town and then you come across the beautiful fountain. The best view was from the steps of the near by building as the fountain ha large railings around. The animal statues around are amazing

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Atlanta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fountains were a rarity in Palermo as compared to Rome. This fountain is very impressive and worthy of a visit.

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