The Symbol

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Torino, Turin, Italy

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aleksflower aleksflo…
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Feb 24, 2006
In 1335 on the corner between via Garibaldi (at the time via Dora Grossa) and via San Francesco d'Assisi, stood a tower 55 meters high, Saint Gregory's Tower, surmounted by a gold plated bronze bull. The animal was hollow and therefore the wind, when blowing through its open jaw, emitted a particular sound that local residents knew announced the arrival of a storm. People baptized it affectionately "Gioanèt", and chose it as city symbol. During the French occupation Napoleon decided to demolish it. However the spirit of the well loved Gioanèt continues to live in the young bulls "torèt (torelli - little bulls)", the cast iron green water fountains disseminated throughout the city.
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