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Monument to Saint John Bosco

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The Pius XII roundabout, on the west side of the town, has become the main entranceway to the town centre. Several iconic buildings are in this area, including the Mercado de Abastos. Opposite the roundabout stands the oldest Salesian School in Spain from 1881.

Saint John Bosco, the founder of the Salesian Congregation, has deep roots in Utrera. In fact, the football stadium bears his name. Given his close relationship with the town, it was decided that this sculpture would grace the roundabout that gives access to the city centre.

Surrounded by gardens, the sculpture has the distinctive features attributed to Martin Lagares, the author of other Salesian works such as the bust of St. John Bosco that presides over the central courtyard of the Salesian College. This monument is intended to reflect the education and spiritual guidance that this Christian congregation brings to the youth.

The bronze monument to Don Bosco is a replica of the one venerated in the Chapel of Our Lady of Carmen by Castillo Lastrucci. In 1981, on the centenary anniversary, the stone sculpture of a sitting St John Bosco was replaced with this one. The stone sculpture stands now in a small square in the Salesianos neighbourhood.

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