Santi Giovanni e Paolo: Bragadin Monument
In 1569 Marcantonio Bragadin (1523-71) was appointed Captain-General of Famagusta in Cyprus, which was part of the Venetian Empire. A year after his appointment an army of the Ottoman empire laid siege to the city. Under Bragadin's leadership, Famagusta held out for almost a year. When the city finally surrendered, its captain-general was first tortured and then flayed alive. The urn, which makes up part of his monument, is said to contain Bragadin's skin.
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