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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 - in this case, the inscription "Barbarossastadt Sinzig" can be seen in the background.

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.

A harsh juxtaposition of the Lord crucified on a black stone cross (a ubiquitous local material) and his emperor - who took part in two crusades and drowned in south Turkey before reaching Jerusalem - in pop colours, both on a well frequented traffic circle.

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