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  Contrades - sign in Siena
by globetrott

One more of the stange signs in oder to see its variety.
This one is a sheep and it seems to be a symbol for one of the 17 "Contrades" ( districts ) of Siena.
6 of them are not any more allowed to participate in the Palio since a big fight in 1675.

For the rest of the of 11 contrades it is an absolutely strict command to win the Palio by all means. lots of horses die each year, but it is also a big attraction for tourists.

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  • Written May 20, 2004
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