The Bull’s Head of the Dome

On the right side of the Dome of Florence you can see a bull’s head. Even in this case, there are two versions of why a bovine head is part of the Florentine Cathedral.

A version tells this bull is a tribute to all the animals that worked hard with men to build Santa Maria del Fiore.

The second version suggests to look at the animal’s horns: the statue would be a prank made by a foreman.

According to this legend, this man was the lover of the wife of a baker, but this man discovered the love affair and reported the lovers, forcing them to end their relationship. In revenge the foreman headed toward the horned head in the direction of the baker’s shop, to remind him to be a cuckolded man.

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