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Piazza della Signoria: photos, description (Piazza della Signoria)

To the left of the Palazzo Vecchio is a beautiful Neptune fountain, richly decorated by the sculptor Bartolomeo Ammannati and his assistants (1563-1575). In the center of the fountain - the huge figure of the sea God of white marble standing on a chariot drawn by four sea horses. The Florentines called this huge white statue of "Biancone" (White giant), and this name it preserved. Of particular interest are the beautiful bronze sculpture at the base of the fountain.

Beside the fountain stands the equestrian statue of Cosimo I de ' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, made by the sculptor Giambologna in 1594. This monument strikes the viewer with noble features and posture of the rider and powerful forms of horse. The bas-reliefs on the pedestal represent the major life events of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. The Medici family for a long time ruled the town and supported the common people in their struggle with the guilds.

On the Piazza della Signoria is the Loggia dei Lanzi, named in memory of the mercenaries, hired soldiers guarding Cosimo I. the Loggia dei Lanzi was built by the architects Benci di Cioni and Simone Talenti (1376-1382.) and was intended for ceremonial meetings of the Signoria. A light, graceful structure is typical of late Gothic. Over the pylons placed medallions with reliefs of Virtues, performed in the years 1384-1389 on sketches by Agnolo Gaddy. The Central opening of the loggia is flanked by the figures of two lions.

Within the loggia is a lot of valuable sculptures. On the left is the famous Perseus with the severed head of Medusa the Gorgon.(1553), and on the right is the rape of the Sabine women" by Giambologna (1583). In the center - "Hercules and the centaur," also the work of Giambologna (1559), "Ajax with the body of Patroclus", ancient Greek sculpture; "the Abduction Polyxena" by sculptor PIO Fedi (1866). At the back wall of the loggia are six antique female statues.