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Pillar of shame

This is a 'hidden element' on the Piazza Mercantile, but you should not miss it. It is an historic... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2018
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
For debtors and for tourists.

This pillar was erected in Bari by the Spanish Viceroy Pedro de Toledo in the middle of the XVI... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2018
Murmansk, Russia
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Reviewed 23 September 2018

This is a 'hidden element' on the Piazza Mercantile, but you should not miss it. It is an historic landmark, where bad debtors used to be humiliated in public.

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Reviewed 13 June 2018

This pillar was erected in Bari by the Spanish Viceroy Pedro de Toledo in the middle of the XVI century. To take and not to give was a good tradition in Puglia. Debtors to banks or individuals were chained to a shameful column. Lion is...More

Thank VadimM67
Reviewed 13 March 2018

On the nice italian square Piazza Mercantile, in the heart of Bari, the old town , is a historical monument, a stone column , called Colonna della Giustizia.

Thank Manuela L
Reviewed 15 February 2018

Read now on TripAdvisor what the column is about. Almost did not notice it, and it's actually a pretty cool thing. Could use an information plaque.

Thank Vladimir1998
Reviewed 7 January 2018

Found in one corner at the far end of Piazza Mercantile. The age of the column and lion are evident from the worn surfaces. People seem to climb on the lion's back to take selfies and generally fool around. Had to wait for a while...More

Thank Tony M
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Dating back to 16th century, this historical artifact depicts where insolvent debtors used to be punishment. One of the many wonders of Bari

Thank David B
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Dating back to 16th century, this column - accompanied by a figure of a lion - was a place where insolvent debtors used to be exposed for punishment by public humiliation.

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