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Piazza Pretoria also known as square of Shame is a square in Palermo. It stands at the limits of the district of Kalsa, near the corner of Cassaro with Via Maqueda, just a few meters from the Quattro Canti, the exact centre of the historic city.

In 1573 the Senate of Palermo bought a fountain initially intended for the Palace of San Clemente in Florence, with the intention of placing it in the square. To make way for the monumental fountain designed for a large open place, several homes were demolished and the fountain was re-adapted to the site with the addition of new parts. In 1581 the works were completed.

Since the eighteenth century, the fountain was considered the representation of the corruption of the municipality and the people of Palermo nicknamed the square, which was also known for the for the nudity of its statuary, the square of Shame.

At the centre of the square is the Fontana Pretoria (1554), by Francis Camilliani. Three of the four sides are enclosed by buildings: the Praetorian Palace (the town hall, seen here full on) built in the fourteenth century and renovated in nineteenth century, the Church of St. Catherine (built at the end of sixteenth century), and two baronial palaces: Palace Bonocore and Bordonaro Palace. On the fourth side of the square there is a staircase that descends to Via Maqueda.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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