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THE STONE VIRGIN OF KOMARNO

You can find her on your walk through Komarno around the fortress that protected Komarno for a long time against the invading armies of Turks in the 14th and 17th centuries. She stands on Madonna's bastion, a part of the new fortress. It is a symbol of resistance and inability of armies to conquer the fortified system. Originally you could see that she was showing a gesture of a fig, a laugh at the enemy army. This gesture was strengthened by Latin sentence: Nec Arte, Nec Marte (Nor with trick, neither with strength). The fact is that the Komarno's Fortress has never been defeated by anyone. 

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Nowadays you can see some changes on her because of vandalism of Russian army who occupied Komarno from 1968 till 1989. They broke off her right arm, which completely destroyed the original meaning of the symbol. Fortunately the sculpture was renovated to its original beauty, however the arm with the gesture of the fig was replaced with an arm holding a wreath. To us it remains the symbol of resistance.

Claudia Veghova

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Published in the Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 6, No. 1, Spring 1998
Copyright Vladimir Linder 1998 
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