I Quattro Canti
The so called “Quattro Canti” (n.d.r. Four Corners) indicates the octagonal square generated by the crossroad of the two main roads in Palermo: via Maqueda and via Vittorio Emanuele.
The intersection of these two roads divides the city in four sections that are called “Mandamenti” (n.d.r Districts).
Each one of them is represented by a building that grows in three levels.
The first level, in Doric style, displays the myth of the four seasons, represented by the Roman deities ‘Eolo’, ‘Venere’, ‘Cerere’ and ‘Bacco’. In the upper level, in Ionian style, there are four statues representing four kings. Finally, in the highest level in a composite style, the statues of the four Saint Protectors of the corresponding districts are erected in defense of each part of the city: S. Oliva, S. Cristina, S. Agata and S. Ninfa.