World at a Glance: Appearances can be deceptive in Regensburg

Regensburg statue

One day, many years ago, aimlessly wandering about the beautiful German city of Regensburg, I stumbled over this odd sculpture. From the front, it looks like a pious priest, praying for the geese, perhaps – or preaching to them. Ah, but don’t be deceived by that friendly first impression. Walk around the statue. Have a look at the back, and you’ll see it’s really a fox, with very different intentions.

So be aware: what you see isn’t necessarily what you get, even from a man of the cloth.

A Regensburg local told me people once believed you could get a truer picture of the soul from the back than from the front. It’s an interesting thought. At the very least, it’s a good idea to have a closer look at both sides.

Have you seen this Regensburg statue? Do you know more about it?

World at a Glance is a series of short articles here on Sophie’s World, with a single photo – portraying curious, evocative, happy, sad or wondrous, unexpected little encounters.

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  1. Mette 4 June 2014 at 1919 - Reply

    Ashamed to admit it, but I had to consult a map to place Regensburg, even though I go up and down A9 more often than I care to think about. Looks like a great place for a sleep over, so thank you for the inspiration.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 June 2014 at 1241 - Reply

      It’s a very pretty town, and just about the right distance for a sleepover between Denmark and Southern Italy, I should imagine.

  2. Marcia 5 June 2014 at 1338 - Reply

    That’s a pretty clever design and a great explanation of the meaning. One of these days I’ll get to Germany.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 June 2014 at 1241 - Reply

      An underretaed country, I think. Germany tends to fall in the shadow of France and Italy, but it’s just as interesting, I think.

  3. Gil 5 June 2014 at 2322 - Reply

    The old “fox in lamb’s clothes”.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 June 2014 at 1242 - Reply


  4. Muza-chan 6 June 2014 at 0833 - Reply


    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 June 2014 at 1242 - Reply

      Very 😉

  5. Sand In My Suitcase 7 June 2014 at 0112 - Reply

    Every story, er, statue has two sides :-). That Regensburg local seems to know a thing or two about people…

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 June 2014 at 1242 - Reply

      Interesting, isn’t it…

  6. Leigh 12 June 2014 at 0057 - Reply

    I don’t even know where Regensburg is and I love the comment about the true picture of the soul. I would like another shot of this statue. You’ve left me wanting more.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 June 2014 at 1243 - Reply

      I’ve left me wanting more. It has been a few years since I was in Regensburg. Time for a return, perhaps…

  7. Interesting. There are so many small details like this that are easy to miss when exploring a new city.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 June 2014 at 1244 - Reply

      love discovering little details 🙂

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