THE MONUMENT TO THE CHALLENGE
Inaugurated in 1930, the monument to the Challenge rises in the
centre of the small piazza of the same name. It is decorated with
a bronze plaque made in 1903, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary
of the Challenge, which had previously been displayed on the external
wall of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.
The monument to the Challenge is a symbol that the residents of
Barletta identify with testimony to popular national pride. The
city is very attached to it; in 1931, during the fascist regime,
Barletta lost its monument, which was erected in the city of Bari.
The city rose up in anger and dismay following the decision to move
the monument, so much so that a large regiment was needed to sedate
the brawls that caused 5 victims and a great number of wounded.
The monument lists the names of the thirteen, the date of the event
and the epigraph:
"To the thirteen glorious champions of national honour,
forerunners of the Italic value of the triumphs of Italy and dependence".
FIERAMOSCA DEFEATS LA MOTTE
(The restoration of the bronze Challenge
of Barletta monument)
April 7, 2001, in Piazza Fratelli Cervi in Barletta, a celebration
was held for the Monument to the Challenge of Barletta, which was
returned to the city after about 10 years spent in the public
gardens in front of the Swabian Castle.
A large crowd and various public figures greeted the monument "Fieramosca
defeats La Motte", with its bronze emblem restored, now located
at the entrance to the city thanks to the involvement of the Lions
Club of Barletta.
The Monument is finally in the right place: it was in Piazza Fratelli
Cervi, on that distant date of February 13, 1503, that the Barlettans
and the clergy, holding the image of Our Lady of the Assumption,
joyously welcomed the thirteen valiant captains who returned victorious
from their battle with the French.
THE MONUMENT TO MASSIMO D'AZEGLIO
City of Barletta erected a monument to Massimo DAzeglio in
1880, 14 years after his death, as a sign of eternal recognition
and gratitude for having given lustre and honour to the name of
Barletta by evoking the epic Challenge in his novel "Ettore
The monument to D'Azeglio is found in the piazza of the same name,
not far from the Palazzo di Città (Town Hall).