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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – The horns of revenge

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Along the left side of Santa Maria del Fiore, atop a carrying column, you’ll be able to spot a bull’s head peering out from the eaves. Legend has it that one of the master carpenters at work on the cathedral had an affair with the wife of a baker whose shop overlooked the church. Unfortunately, it appears the baker caught wind of the liaison and denounced his wife’s adultery. Thus the carpenter, as a means of revenge, aimed the bull’s head at the baker’s house, so that its horns (a popular metaphor for cuckoldry) would always remind him of his spouse’s infidelity.

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – The horns of revenge

Piazza del Duomo, 17r, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

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