The Monument “Quattro Mori” (of the Four Moors) is the first thing you can see coming from the sea. It’s one of the best known monuments in Livorno.
For a long time, in the popular imagination, it has been the emblem of the city.
This monument owes its name to the four realistic and vigorous bronze figures of Barbary chained at the pedestal below the statue of Ferdinand I de’ Medici, represented in the uniform of the Grand Master of the Knights of St. Stefano.
The monument is located in Piazza Micheli, overlooking the Old Dock, which now it’s home to Livorno’s fishing fleet, LivornobyBoat.com pier and the boats of “Guardia di Finanza” and Fire Department.
The work was commissioned by the Grand Duke Ferdinand himself, and after his death, in 1609, it was completed thanks to his son Cosimo II.
The statue of the Grand Duke, in Carrara marble, is the work of the sculptor Giovanni Bandini while the bronze statues of the Four Moors, added later to the base of Ferdinand I, are a work of Pietro Tacca