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Standing as a sentinel and silent witness to the passage of time, Arè, as he is local known is Barletta’s most famous attraction, A Large Roman Bronze sculpture, 4.5 meters in height depicting an Emperor, dressed in the regalia and armour one would expect for...More
More than likely a bronze statue of an Eastern Roman(Byzantine) Emperor stolen from Constantinople after the decades long sack of the worlds richest city in 1204 by the renegade 4th Crusade. I made a special trip to Barletta to view this piece cast in the...More
Good news for visitors to Barletta! The fabulous Colosso di Barletta is no longer under wraps (I spent a couple of hours there on 14 June) and is now available again for close inspection. It really is a most extraordinary survival from the early Dark...More
The truth is that no-one really knows for certain. One possibility is that it represents the Emperor Marcian, who ruled the Eastern Roman Empire from 450 to 457. When Constantinople was sacked by crusaders in 1204, it is... More
The truth is that no-one really knows for certain. One possibility is that it represents the Emperor Marcian, who ruled the Eastern Roman Empire from 450 to 457. When Constantinople was sacked by crusaders in 1204, it is possible that they looted the statue, which once stood on top of a tall column. The ship carrying it was wrecked off the Adriatic coast of Italy, en route to Venice, and the statue was washed up on the shore near Barletta. After being salvaged, it was erected in the town centre. That, at least is one theory, though there are others. Whatever its background is, it is a remarkable survival from antiquity, as most bronze statues have been melted down. If only statues could speak, what stories they'd have to tell!