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This Massive ‘Colossus’ Sculpture in Florence, Italy Has Entire Rooms Hidden Inside!

Ian Smith

This massive ‘stone giant” that stands 35 feet tall within the park of Villa Demidoff over the grounds of Villa di Pratolino in Tuscany, is a 16th Century sculpture known as Colosso dell’Appennino, or the Appennine Colossus. The epic colossus was  first erected in 1580 by Italian sculptor Giambologna, as a  symbol of Italy’s rugged Appenine mountains.

The gigantic sculpture hides a wonderful secret – it’s actually a building and his interior hides several rooms with different functions that made this colossus come to life.

The monster that his left-hand holds spewed water from an underground stream, and it is rumored that space in his head was made for a fireplace which, when lit, would blow smoke out of his nostrils.

 

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Image credits: Stephen H.

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Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis

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Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis

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This model reveals the rooms inside of the colossus

 

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Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis

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Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis

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Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis

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