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Rotunda Gardens – The Cat Bastion

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On the walls of the Giardini della Rotonda, commonly known as the Bastione della Gatta, there is a statue of a small cat. The story goes that during the siege of the German troops in 1509, the invaders wanted to enter the city from here. The commander who defended the bastion, a certain Citolo da Perugia, mocked the Germans who were unable to break through with their war machine, by repeatedly raising a cat on a pole, challenging his enemies to come and get it. This gesture became the symbol of Padua's resistance, so much so that the cat ended up giving its name to that part of the wall.

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