Bocca di Leone
Bocca di Leone (Lion's mouth) is a 'complaint box', embedded in the wall of Doge's palace in Venice. The citizens of Venice had the possibility to submit written complaints in secret. In cases that the security of the Republic was endangered, the complaints were forwarded for further investigation to the State Inquisitors or the much dreaded Council of Ten. There were many 'complaint boxes' in the city of Venice, especially around the Doge's Palace. Nowadays, the only two boxes can be seen in Doge's Palace (the one pictured below) and the church Santa Maria della Visitazione.
|Bocca di Leone in Doge's Palace in Venice. The inscription reads: "Secret denunciations against anyone who will conceal favors and services or will collude to hide the true revenue from them."|