From Meersburg I caught the ferry over the Bodensee lake (Lake Constance) to Konstanz town (translated into English: “Constance”). On a Sunday the ferry operated every half hour until 11pm and then respectively each hour until the morning. I took the 6-ish ferry and the fare cost only 2,80 Euro.
Konstanz btw is a gorgeously beautiful town and well worth a visit.
I also took photos of my Pilgrim’s Passport with the stamps gained so far (before I received the Konstanz stamp) just in case something should happen to it and so I have a record of the stamps:
In the early morning mist I made my way to the town shoreline to witness in person the statue which is so prominent in the harbour:
As I walked the mist-coated wooden planks to take the photo my attention was directed to one of the figures being held by the woman which looked like the devil. A slight shock came over me as when I approached the statue seemed to be turning with the devil image swinging in my direction.
It turns out that the statue rotates all day long.
Quoting from Wikipedia:
“The Imperia is a statue at the entrance of the harbour of Konstanz, Germany, commemorating the Council of Constance that took place there between 1414 and 1418. The concrete statue is 9 metres high, weighs 18 tonnes, and stands on a pedestal that rotates around its axis once every four minutes. It was created by Peter Lenk and clandestinely erected in 1993. The erection of the statue caused controversy, but it was on the private property of a rail company that did not object to its presence. The Imperia shows a woman holding two men on her hands. The two men represent Pope Martin V and Emperor Sigismund. Martin V was elected during the Council while Sigismund was the king who called the council. Both are naked except for the crown and papal tiara, respectively, that they wear as symbols of their power. The statue refers to a short story by Balzac, “La belle Impéria”. The story is a harsh satire of the Catholic clergy’s morals, where Imperia seduces cardinals and princes at the Council of Constance and has power over them all. The historical Imperia was a well-educated Italian courtesan named Lucrezia de Paris who was born in 1485 in Ferrara, well after the council, and never visited Konstanz.”
Well, today will be my last day in Germany before I cross the border over into Switzerland.