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Piazza delle Erbe: photos, description (Piazza delle Erbe)

Piazza delle Erbe, also known as Piazza delle Blood and Piazza del Vino, one of the squares in the historic centre of Padua. For centuries, along with the Piazza delle Frutta it was a trade center of the city on these two areas was conducted and still is one of the biggest markets in Italy. In addition, Piazza delle Erbe served as the venue of folk festivals. Dominating the square is the impressive building of the Palazzo della Ragione, which today houses the city hall of Padua.

The territory of present-day Piazza delle Erbe was settled by people in the days preceding the Roman Empire. Her appearance began to take shape in the 10th and 11th centuries, when the space of the square was occupied by stores and taverns, where everything you could sell and buy. In the 13th century, was built the Palazzo della Ragione, and Piazza was only the dealers in certain goods - iron, wine, grain and leather. The Palazzo del Podesta was located the jewellers ' shops. Later, in the 18th century, the medieval house on the South side of the square was the same look with the construction of the covered galleries, and in 1874, the year on the West side of the square instead of jail was erected the Palazzo del Flow.

Attraction is Piazza delle Erbe is a monumental fountain, built in 1930 year, the place of the ancient well. Since 1382 year on the square of the Palio horse race is held "Ludi Carrara", dedicated to the reign of the family of Carrara. By the way, in the same times square often conducted public executions, right under the Windows of the Palazzo del Podesta - there stood two statues of Justice with sword and scales in her hands. Both of them survived until our days.

Today, Piazza delle Erbe represents the area of irregular trapezoidal shape. In the morning it start its work on fruit and vegetable shelves, and after lunch, opens the doors of numerous cafes and bars, which are immediately occupied by tourists and urban dwellers. On the West side of the square stands the Palazzo del Flow, begins the via Manin, leading to Piazza Duomo. And for the medieval houses on the South side of the starting blocks Fabbri and ancient street, via Squarcione.