Happy Friday! Just like last Friday’s Pic of the Day Pigeon Jokes, I’m keeping things short & fun to send us both into the weekend with a smile.
Take a peek at the heroic statue Paolo photographed on Ponte della Vittoria (Bridge of Victory) in Verona, Italy below. Any guesses as to why it would cause a stir back in the day?
Ponte Della Vittoria Statues, Verona
Running through the heart of fair Verona, is river Adige. Seven bridges connect the two banks of the city. Ponte della Vittoria is one. Built in 1931, it was named after Verona’s fallen soldiers from the first world war. Four bronze statues known as the “allegory of the victory” were added to Ponte della Vittoria in 1936.
Unfortunately, Verona saw more than one war. As World War II made it’s way to Italy, the four statues were removed and sheltered in an attempt to save them. It’s a good thing too! Despite negotiations to protect monuments and bridges, retreating German soldiers blew up all the bridges of Verona, including Ponte della Vittoria on April 25, 1945.
Now, you would think, statues named for victory in the first world war, having survived the second world war would be put back in proud tradition immediately after the bridge was rebuilt, but no! Apparently, Christian Democrat Mayor Uberti felt the anatomy of the horses could produce “disturbances in the little ones.”
This is the part of the story that made me laugh. It wasn’t the nude heroes, but the nude horses that caused a stir!
In the end, the statues were victorious and added back before the second inauguration of Ponte della Vittoria on May 24, 1955. With that I say, alway bet on a horse named victory.
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Next week’s Italy Pic of the Day will take us inside the churches of Verona and then… we’ll jump outside to the Veneto wine country. I can’t wait to show you more of this majestic part of Italy!
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