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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.


  • wendyL
    wendyLover 6 years ago

    great capture!

  • butchart
    butchartover 6 years ago

    wonderful image… love the commentary… would like to hear the ‘story’ sometime……..thanks…………b

  • Thanks Butch. The story is by Balzac, and titled “La belle Impéria”. I am not sure if it is in English. I am giving you the 2nd hand word on the street version.

    – Robert O'Neill

  • digitalmidge
    digitalmidgeover 6 years ago

    Beautiful statue… ;-)

  • Thanks Zoe. I think this statue would look good digitally or realistically painted/drawn. I might give it a go soon. Zooming in closely, there is some excellent detail, and Imperia has a sly salacious smirk.

    – Robert O'Neill

  • butchart
    butchartover 6 years ago

    street versions are more fun sometimes……. thanks…b

  • Indeed—no point letting facts get in the way of a good story.

    – Robert O'Neill

  • desginbynicole
    desginbynicoleover 6 years ago

    great capture!

  • Thanks Nicole.

    – Robert O'Neill

  • machandel
    machandelover 6 years ago

    That should answer all questions as to what reigns the world :-)

  • Exactly!

    – Robert O'Neill

  • desginbynicole
    desginbynicoleover 6 years ago

    your welcome!

  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingover 6 years ago

    wonderful face she has, and that pineapple head piece! worthy of a photograph on such a beautiful day

  • Thanks Georgianna. It’s really quite a stunning statue when seen for real.

    – Robert O'Neill

  • Angela  Ardis
    Angela Ardisover 6 years ago

    Congratulations, this image has been featured in the Descriptions Group

  • Thank you very much

    – Robert O'Neill

  • Matthew Scotland
    Matthew Scotlandover 4 years ago

    wow thats mad, very cool statue, – love the little charicatures in her hands im gonna google this mother down, cheers

  • It was all set against the backdrop of the Council of Constance. Significant for its damning of early Protestants (especially Wycliffe) and execution of Jan Hus.

    Also significant is the fact that the town provided prostitutes for the attendees at the Church Council about 1,500 according to sources.

    I think ‘celibacy’ was a rather ‘loose’ term back in those days! So, while Hus was lying in a dungeon, the bishops were getting laid. It’s all a bit Father Ted!

    – Robert O'Neill

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