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Cape du Turchie – The Turk’s Head

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At number 10, Strada Quercia, there is a curious stone head to which a beautiful legend is linked. Legend has it that the Arab emir Mufarrag, in an attempt to win back the favour of the people, lost after the imposition of the Islamic religion on the people of Bari, decided to confront a terrible event that occurred on the night of 5 December, when it was said that two crones, one good and one bad, came out into the streets. The bad one was Befanì, an evil woman who used a scythe to decapitate all those who stood in her way. Mufarrag armed himself with armour and a scimitar, mocking the people of Bari as cowards, and took to the streets, but he was decapitated by Befanì and his head rolled down the alleys of the old city until it lodged in the lintel of Strada Quercia, where it still reminds everyone of the story.

Cape du Turchie – The Turk’s Head

Strada Quercia, 3, 70122 Bari BA, Italy

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