The "Schangelbrunnan" spits at passersby
This statue is the symbol of Koblenz. It's the naughty boy whose father is French and whose mother is German.
The city of Koblenz sits at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle rivers. Such a strategic location has meant that the city has changed hands several times between the Germans and the French. So perhaps not surprisingly, the accepted symbol of the city is the "Schangelbrunnen", a boy with a French father and a German mother (perhaps unmarried). Schangel is a corruption of the French name Jean or John, which the Germans found difficult to pronounce.
The Schangelbrunnen is a naughty boy, a rascal, who is memorialized in a stautue of a boy who spits erratically at passing people. Schangelbrunnen also appears throughout the city on the sewage caps. Originally the name was an insult but now it just means a person from Koblenz.
Women are given quite unusual recognition in the Catholic church of the Virgin Mary. This stained glass window features women of good works. Look closely. At the top is Mother Theresa, done in fact while she was still alive. On the left is a Jewish woman (also unusual in a Catholic church), at the bottom are 5 good women from Koblenz, and at the right is ___________. Despite the
fact that parish attendance is dwindling in most places, this church holds Mass for hundreds every Sunday because the progressive priest is so popular. And he's 85 years old!
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