Oh the places you go and the characters you’ll meet while traveling!
Besides being works of art, history can be experienced through the statues or monuments dotting a city or village. Through them we come to know who or what was important to the citizens.
Here are a few of the statues and monuments I stumbled upon while visiting Europe last summer.
A great meeting place in Bamberg Germany is the Neptune statue locally called Gabelmann. Standing near the Gruner Markt in the pedestrian only area of Bamberg, the statue is also a popular place to enjoy an afternoon ice cream.
This homage to Mittenwald’s native son, Mathias Klotz, indicates the important role he played in the village. Mittenwald is a picturesque village nestled up against the mountains in southern Bavaria that is known for its violin and string instrument manufacturing. It was Mathias Klotz who brought this esteem to his home town which continues to this day.
I ran into these little guys while exploring Innsbruck Austria. While they sit near the river Inn, I never did find out what this statue represents but it did intrigue me. To me they look like they are sneaking into the city. Are they just having fun or about to engage in something more nefarious?
The beautiful Mirabell Gardens should not be missed on any visit to Salzburg Austria. Besides the amazing flowers, fountains and gardens Mirabell is home to equally impressive statues. Some are whimsical and others depict history and lore. One of these is this statue by Ottavio Mosto representing water through the abduction of Helen by Paris which in turn started the Trojan War.
With the little time I had in Vienna, I decided to spend it exploring the Imperial Apartments and Sisi Museum at the Hofburg. Finding the extra large Hofburg was not a problem but finding the Sisi Museum took a bit more effort. Wandering I passed many architectural delights and an abundance of statues. Finally I arrived at Michaelsplatz and the entrance to the museum. I found this lovely statue waiting for me. The motto below means “By Virtue and Example”.
In Budapest, the Kossuth Memorial sits near the Hungarian Parliament honoring a man who was a prominent figure in the War of Independence from 1848-1849 and later became President of Hungary. In this national symbol Kossuth can be seen pointing towards a brighter future. Alas, it was many years before Hungary’s future became brighter.
“Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!” Dr. Seuss
Tell me about some of the interesting characters you have run into while traveling.