Surviving the Passages of Time

Traveling, especially throughout Europe, allows you to see how difficult it is to keep time from eroding everything that is man made. Rain, wind, hail, sleet, and snow take their toll on everything from buildings, bridges, monuments, and statues. Of all of those, seeing the statues that have had pigeons perched upon their shoulders, bronze faces turned green, and stone limbs turning black, feels especially sad at times. If you look into their eyes, you can almost see their sadness, the desire that someone would restore them to their original beauty. You can almost imagine them watching as hundreds of years worth of visitors pass by them, feeling trapped in their frozen bodies, unable to communicate to us. This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Weathered and we have chosen photos of statues from throughout Europe that have survived the ravages of time, but not without it having taken its toll.

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Statue Outside of a Castle in Koblenz, Germany
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Statue of Goethe in Vienna, Austria
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Snow Covered Statue in Bucharest, Romania
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Soldier Riding Horse in Cologne, Germany
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Statue on the Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic
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Statue in the Streets of Florence, Italy
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Statue on the Grounds of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
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Statue in a Fountain in Heidelberg, Germany
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Another Statue in Snowy Bucharest, Romania

 

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