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Pretoria Square

Pretoria Square was renamed The Square of Shame by the local inhabitants because of the bare statues and the weird animals represented, lies at the end of a district called Kalsa, at a few meters from the Quattro Canti (The Four Corners), in the very center of the historical town of Palermo.

The Pretoria Fountain (1554), a work by Francesco Camilliani and Michelangelo Nacchiero lies in the middle of the Square. The fountain, in white marble, bears the typical baroque scenery, animated by symbolic elements such as mermaids, harpies, mythological gods, dolphins, allegories and bizarre animals.