Bench of the Week: Pillar of Shame in Hvar Town

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We’re off to another week of our Bench Chronicles, and this time we’re heading to Hvar island

After the last week’s instalment of The Bench series where we served you with an impressive example from Korčula town, we’re about to do some island hopping and see what Hvar island has to offer.

We’re in Hvar town, where four respected local gents yet again proved that any random piece of public infrastructure will suffice to create The Bench.

Here they are, sat in front of the city loggia, on the best possible monument they could’ve chosen: the former pillory, a pillar of shame that was used for public humiliation of certain offenders back in the day. It also served as a spot where public announcements were made, but let’s be honest – the local population probably found the shaming business a lot more fun to attend.

Times have changed, and what used to be a very uncomfortable spot to be found at, now only stands as a sort of a vox populi. No shame whatsoever – just a couple of elders who found a convenient seat to stop for a break in the shade, rest their weary legs, and discuss a couple of weighy topics while they’re at it.


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