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"Giordano Bruno" Piazza Campo de' Fiori Tip by jungles

Piazza Campo de' Fiori, Rome: 64 reviews and 114 photos

  Giordano Bruno statue
by jungles

In the middle of Campo de' Fiori is a statue of a hooded figure looking down sternly at the passersby below. The figure is that of Giordano Bruno, who was brought to the Campo with a spike through his tongue and burned at the stake on this very spot on February 17, 1600. Bruno had been deemed a heretic by the Inquisition for, amongst other things, his belief that the earth revolves around the sun and that the universe is infinite. The statue was designed by Ettore Ferrari and erected here in 1887 at the behest of a groups of Italian Masonic orders. It is seen as a monument to free speech and thought. Not until 400 years after his death was an official acknowledgement of error given by the Catholic Church through Pope John Paul II, and even then Bruno was not fully rehabilitated and is technically still viewed by the church as a heretic.

Address: Piazza Campo de' Fiori, 00186 Rome, Italy
Directions: South of Piazza Navona in Rome
Phone: +39 06 0608

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  • Written Jun 10, 2006
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