Republic square

PIAZZA LOGGIA

Marsala,
in your square
I rediscovered the Mother Church
with its austere baroque,
I rediscovered the Palazzo 7 Aprile
with its classical style,
I rediscovered the Circolo Lilibeo
to friends an evening rendezvous.

Marsala,
in your square
I rediscovered the human muse
of your generous people,
I rediscovered the ineffable beauty
of your graceful finesse.

In your sky
white doves fly.

Loggia square - open

PIAZZA DELLA REPUBBLICA (REPUBLIC SQUARE)
formerly PIAZZA DELLA LOGGIA (LODGE SQUARE)

Formerly called Lodge Square, then Umberto I Square, today it is named Republic Square.
It is the centre of the town where the Cathedral and the Palace of April 7th, 1860 stand.
The construction of the palace dates back to the 16th century, in 1576, when the halls for the Jurors’ and Senate’s meetings were built on the ground floor. 
The arcade also called Loggia (Lodge) was used for the public money exchange business.

During the Bourbon domination, the palace was used as the seat of the Decurions’meetings, i.e., the  representatives elected by the people.

On this square, on May 11th, 1860, Francesco Crispi declared the end of the Bourbon dynasty, and Giuseppe Garibaldi was acclaimed Sicily’s dictator.