A sword as a peace sign: the symbol is stuck in the facade, the explanation is inside the cathedral
One of the most commonly accepted explanations about the strange symbol is that the sword in the rock is a Peace Sign.
According to this theory, the sword was stuck between the marble blocks at the end of a long duel to signify lasting peace.
To support this thesis would also be one particular of the inside of the church. The second column on the left has been visibly damaged in the marble base. It is said that it is the point in which the heads of two fighting parties would break their swords to confirm the will to achieve peace.
There is uncertainty, however, about what would be the ended war.
It is the sword of Lorenzo the Magnificent?
According to some, the battle which ended in a so spectacular manner is the Serrezzana War, fought between the Republic of Genoa and the Florence of the Medici for the control of Sarzana in 1487.
The very Lorenzo the Magnificent took part to the important battle.