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“Pillar of shame”

Colonna della giustizia
Ranked #17 of 140 things to do in Bari
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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 located here according to the legend from the XII century and had the function of a talisman for the city, to protect it from misfortunes.

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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.

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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.

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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 to get a photo of the debtor's column which is up a couple of steps.

Thank Tony M
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