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Attila's Throne

Untouched by Hun buns

Fragment of a portrait of Attila by Delacroix

Snap your sweetheart’s picture in Attila’s Throne, in the centre of Torcello piazza, just as Venice tourists have been doing for generations. The connection of this rugged old white marble seat with the Hunnish supremo sounds suspiciously as if it were dreamed up by someone sprung from generations of tour guides; as the invading Huns didn't have any boats, it's pretty sure Attila never sat any where near it.

The throne does however date from the 5th century, and if it has any history at all, was used most likely by Torcello’s governor, the magister militum, in open-air assemblies.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: PD Art