Imperia

Robert O'Neill

Fife/Dunfermline, United Kingdom

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For those who don’t know—this is Imperia a sort of German ‘Statue of Liberty’ set on the harbour of Lake Cosntance/Bodensee in Germany at the border with Switzerland.

Upon first seeing it some months back, I assumed it was just a feminist symbol, but there is also some history behind it.

Imperia was actually an Italian prostitute/courtesan.

She is holding Pope Martin and King Sigismund, two apparently rather corrupt individuals—she was born after their time, but a ‘story’ was written involving these three.

It was ‘erected’ in 1993.

Quite an eye catching statue. Seen it lots of times, but as it was a clear sky today, I took a shot.


Also, as pointed out by Matthew Scotland, the statue closely resembles the depictions of Temple Prostitutes/whore of Bablylon/snake goddess.

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