A permanent crick in my neck

Well, I’ve done it now. I can no longer look down as I walk in the streets of Florence. Why couldn’t they have thought ahead, and put all the neat stuff at eye level during the medieval and renaissance ages? Talk about inconsiderate.

Today, this is what I found for you. It’s on one of the (upper) side walls of the Chiesa Santa Maria Maggiore.

Sourced online

Sourced online

Is this the face of the cleric who was involved in the execution of the astrologer Francesco Stabili, and turned to stone for adding to the torture of the astrologer before  his death by fire?

Or, is it that of a woman who mocked a condemned man as he was led to his execution? His curse was said to have turned her head to stone.

Well, one thing I know for sure, I don’t have the answer. But apparently this was carved around 1327, and there must have been a reason for it. And, it’s quite satisfying when you finally see the carving, so high on the side wall of the church.

Now, where did I put that ice-pack for my neck?





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40 responses to “A permanent crick in my neck

  1. Have you tried unfolding and laying back on a sun bed Yvonne ? 🙄 ❤


  2. It’s amazingly powerful for something so apparently randomly positioned.

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  3. the faces int he wall reminded me of the door knocker that comes to life in A Christmas Carol – just does. ha! and excellent photos with such nice color of this stone and brick – and how unusual to have those figures in there e- very cool.

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  4. Why again are there faces in the wall? I am a bit confused! Anyway, the crick in the neck reminds me of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. My kids and I loved the stained glass windows and the architecture, but the looking up was painful!

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  5. Jane

    Something else for me to look for next time I’m there (sigh). I wonder if someone has ever tested the material holding it there to see if they can figure out if it was stuck on or built in. I guess it looks built in. Someone dragged it up by mistake and thought it would be silly not to just use it?

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  6. Caroline


    Does Florence have less of a problem with dogs’ little offerings than Venice, I wonder? I always like to watch where I’m putting my feet.

    A proposito, did you know the campanile on Torcello is finally open again? That will give you an opportunity to look down!

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    • The dog stuff seems less of a problem than a few years ago. But I’m always a flippin’ optimist.

      I’m so glad the Torecello campanile is finally re-opened. I’ll have visitors while I’m in Venice, and it’s one of the places I’ll be forcing them to go! 🙂


  7. sunsetdragon

    Excellent photos and hope you rock feels better.


  8. Wow, imaginations running wild in medieval scenarios.

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  9. Fascinating photos but oh your poor neck!


  10. I have always said that you look up, down and all around, Y. Maybe you should layoff the up part for a while! 😄 Well spotted!

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  11. It must be so difficult to forever be looking up. May be the solution is taking photos of tourists footwear!


  12. Planners had no idea in the old days. Have you been to Cologne? Who in their right mind would build a cathedral right next to a railway station? Good luck with the neck.

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  13. I have also been a little worried about you making a misstep but at least in Florence you probably won’t end up in a canal….just under a tram!
    Do be careful but not so careful that you don’t have these wonderful stories to share.


  14. They did that to see who has the most perseverance.

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  15. I think you have discovered Secret Florence…a great book. I often walk the streets of Florence with the book in hand.

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  16. Aren’t you afraid you’ll trip and fall over something shoe-level? That face in the wall is haunting. I’m familiar with Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome….do many Italian cities have a Maria Maggiore?

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  17. I have worried about your neck all through this series

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  18. I think they put everything so high because they were striving to reach the heavens OR because they wanted to “shock and awe” the peasants into complete submission.

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