Statues - Hither & Thither

Austria
Sankt Pölten
Niederösterreich

Rathausplatz 12
(Franziskanerkirche)

Heiligenstatuen an der Franziskanerkirche

Saint Statues at the Franciscan Church


1757-79

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Description

The Franciscan church and convent are built 1757-1779 as a Carmelite convent by an unknown architect. The iconographic program of the façade is therefore based on Carmel.

Above the door of the church is a rather small statue of the 'Prager Jesulein' (Infant Jesus of Prague). A depiction of Jesus in the Discalced Carmelite Church of Our Lady Victorious in Prague (Wikipedia).

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In the façade are three niches with statues:

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The Prophet Elijah
whose works from Mt. Carmel inspired the first Carmelite brothers (Wikipedia).

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St. Joseph
patron of the Carmelite order.
Husband of the Virgin Mary and the earthly father of Jesus Christ (in distinction to God, his "heavenly father") (Wikipedia).

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St. Theresia of Avila
born Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada (Gotarrendura, Ávila 1515 - 1582), prominent Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun (Wikipedia).

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Location N 48°12'20" E 15°37'23"

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