Archive for June 25, 2015


The Paternoster column stands at the heart of the piazza created by the redevelopment of Paternoster Sq in the 1990s. It is a 23m tall Corinthean column topped by a flaming urn covered in gold leaf. It is known to some people as the ‘flaming pineapple’.



Aside from its decorative element its true secret is that it conceals a ventilation shaft for a private road which runs under the square.