The bronze bull @ Palazzo di Città

from Ada Peyrot, Vittorio Viale, Immagini di Torino nei secoli, Torino 1973

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The bronze bull

A bronze sphere surmounted by a cross was placed on the ancient civic tower from 1575. The most characteristic element, however, was a large gilded bronze bull with silver horns and tail. The bull rotated on a pole and was said to be perforated and hollow, so it produced a mooing sound when the wind blew. It was really the symbol of Turin, so much so that it was removed during the French siege of 1709 for fear that it would be destroyed by bombs.

The new project fot the new tower also included the bronze bull on the top of it

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