Photographer's Note

Entrance to the port of Constance, Lake Constance.

The female statue shows Imperia, a prostitute in the times of the Council of Constance 1414-1418. She bears two shrimpy nude men in her lifted hands, with an emperor to her right and the Pope to her left. The artist claims that none of them is intended to resemble historical persons, which would have to be German Emperor Sigismund and Pope Martin V. He says instead that these guys might have been imposters who usurpated the crown or tiara illegally...

At crowded times of the Council, Constance housed 5000-7000 inhabitants and up to 30000 clerics and nobles plus their staff. Their needs had to be served, which was also done by approx. 700 prostitutes.

The statue rotates every four minutes, bears a navigation light and is assumed to be the worlds biggest statue in honour of a hooker.

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Additional Photos by Sven Erich Czernik (Energysavingelk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 1 N: 1567] (6327)
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