POLAND: The Donkey of Torun

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THE DONKEY OF TORUN (POLAND)

In the south-east corner of the Old Market Square there is a  donkey sculpture: the bronze  statue is new (2006), but the history behind it dates back hundreds of years.  In 1629 it became the city pillory: a wooden donkey used to punish criminals. They were obliged to sit on its back, where  a sharp metal  rod was attached . In more  serious cases, the prisoners even had lead weights tied to their legs to intensify the pain.

The convicts suffered double punishment: in addition to the protruding back sinking into their bottom, they were exposed to public humiliation.

Now it’s now popular among tourists, who take photos and smile while stroking its  back

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