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Its name translated as “field of flowers”, the Campo de’ Fiori was once a meadow. It is situated very close to the area called the Piazza Navona. The market sells fresh produce, breads, beverages and other kinds of items for tourists. This area was not developed for several centuries because the Tigris River used to flood the area. Today, the square is best known for its daily lively market. A statue reminds us of the square’s gruesome history as a site of public executions. One very famous individual that was executed at the square was Giordano Bruno, an Italian philosopher. In 1600, the Roman Inquisition had him burned alive because of some of the things he spoke about. Bruno had talked about how the stars in the universe were really suns. In 1887, a sculpture named Ettore Ferrari created the statue of Giordano Bruno. It was positioned in the square so that it directly faced the Vatican. Today, he is considered to be a martyr and an advocate for the right of all people to have the freedom of expression. The statue has medallions on its pedestal of eight other “free-thinkers” such as John Wycliffe and Jan Hus

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