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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Old Town Regensburg with Stadtamhof is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Here are more UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.