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Frederick I aka Barbarossa (1122-1190) was Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire from 1155 until 1190. German kings were travelling kings as there was no capital at that time. Frederick I stayed at least four times at his palace in my home town Sinzig, which acquired her nickname "Barbarossa's city" from that fact - not to mention the four other german cities who claim the same historical identity.

Sinzig celebrates its 750th anniversary in 2017, so 17 copies of Barbarossa's statue have been produced, set up all across the city and painted or decorated by different groups.

In this case (one of only three with a really red beard) Barbarossa watches a pilgrimage heading for St. Peter parish church in direct vicinity to the former site of his palace. I presume he will understand that as he once set out for a crusade himself, aged 67, but drowned in Saleph (now Göksu) river, south Turkey.

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