Quattro Canti

Palermo, Italy

Quattro Canti was laid out on the orders of the Viceroys between 1608-1620 by Giulio Lasso and Mariano Smiriglio at the crossing of the two principal streets in Palermo, the Via Maqueda and the Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

The piazza is octagonal, four sides being the streets; the remaining four sides are Baroque buildings, the near-identical facades of which contain fountains with statues of the four seasons, the four Spanish kings of Sicily, and of the patronesses of Palermo, (Christina, Ninfa, Olivia and Agata). The facades onto the interchange are curved, and rise to four floors; the fountains rise to the height of the second floor, the third and fourth floors contain the statues in niches. At the time the piazza was built, it was one of the first major examples of town planning in Europe.

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Aditya Raghunath (26 days ago)
Vibrant confluence of the 4 main streets of Palermo. Soak in all the energy from the hustle bustle and the street performances that happen here. And after dusk, the lit streets look even more gorgeous!
Blądynka (3 months ago)
THE 4 BEAUTIFUL, ALTHOUGH VERY NEGLECTED BUILDING FACADES MAKE AN INCREDIBLE IMPRESSION. JUST LIKE THE CROWD OF TOURISTS TAKING SELFISH. ONE OF THE FEW ATMOSPHERIC, FREE PLACES THAT EVERYONE GOES TO. IF YOU HEAD FROM HERE TOWARDS TEATRO MASSIMO, YOU'LL COME ACROSS A FEW COOL CULINARY SPOTS. RIGHT NEXT TO INTERSECTION - ON THE LEFT GOING TOWARDS THE CATHEDRAL - A VERY INTERESTING CHURCH (ENTRANCE VIA STAIRS) U HAVE 2 C.
Wendy Leung (4 months ago)
Beautiful cross road right. The three storey building with lower section represent the four seasons, middle section represent the four kings and top floor represents the four saints.
Roman Dzialiner (9 months ago)
This is the midpoint of Palermo ? ! There are four ways to go from here... Nice buildings with statues. The nicer part of Palermo is to walk to Massimo theatre from here on.
Meira Lettieri (10 months ago)
This is an open piazza. Lots of places to eat. It is the crossroads of the two main pedestrian streets in the Old City. At night lots of street musicians many very good. They take turns.
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