The relief of the man with the pipe at Palazzo Loredan on the Grand CanalMysteries & Legends
The relief of the man with the pipe at Palazzo Loredan on the Grand Canal
One of the oldest buildings on the banks of the Grand Canal is Palazzo Loredan, built in the 13th century and currently seat of the Town Hall.
Looking at the facade of the palace, you will notice that on the second column there is the depiction of a man with a pipe in his mouth... This depiction is linked to a famous popular legend!
Once upon a time there was a fisherman named Biagio who, to earn some money, often placed himself in front of Palazzo Loredan to offer courtesies to the inhabitants of the area. In his free time he liked to stay on the bank of Grand Canal and smoke his pipe.
One night something extraordinary happened: while he was smoking his usual pipe he found himself absent-mindedly looking at a gondola pass along the canal in front of him; suddenly the waters beneath the gondola became red, they opened and left for a moment the boat suspended in the air. After a moment of panic, the gondolier jumped off the boat and fled swimming!
Two huge black arms came out of the hole in the water and wrapped the small cabin that used to be attached to the gondola. Only then did Biagio realize that the boat had two little girls inside, but by then it was too late to save them because a huge head with two black horns came out of the water: it was Satan, Biagio had no doubts!
Taken aback, Biagio threw his pipe and opened his arms, screaming at the devil to leave the girls and take him in their place. Having noticed the fisherman, the devil burst out laughing and replied that he would only do so it if Biagio were able to hug the whole world. He hardly managed to finish the sentence that Biagio's arms separated without pain from his body and flew in the air followed by a stream of cherubs. Satan then immediately released the little girls, powerless before the mightiness of God.
Some time later it became known that the young girls belonged to the Gradenigo family and that Satan had taken revenge of the father of the little girls because he had approached the secrets of magic: in exchange for these, the devil had believed he had the right to claim the souls of the daughters.
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