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Entrance to the port of Constance, Lake Constance.
The old ferry in the foreground must have been a car ferry in some connection of lower importance and has been turned into a party ship now.

The female statue shows Imperia, a prostitute in the times of the Council of Constance 1414-1418. She bears the statues of 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.
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 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: 466 W: 1 N: 1512] (6199)
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