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Dreifaltigkeitssäule oder Pestsäule

Holy Trinity Column or Plague Column

Johann Jakob Schoy

Graz /  Dreifaltigkeitssäule <i>oder</i> Pestsäule   Graz /  Dreifaltigkeitssäule <i>oder</i> Pestsäule


Bronze column with on the top the Holy Trinity, made by Andreas Marx. The column is flanked by two stone statues of St. Sebastian and and St. Roch, attributed to the sculptor Johann Jakob Schoy.

Graz - Dreifaltigkeitssäule <i>oder</i> Pestsäule

Holy Trinity

Graz - Dreifaltigkeitssäule <i>oder</i> Pestsäule

St. Sebastian
(died c. 288), martyr, killed during the Roman emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians (Wikipedia).

Graz - Dreifaltigkeitssäule <i>oder</i> Pestsäule

St. Roch
(14th century), saint from Montpellier, he is specially invoked against the plague. (Wikipedia).


ac individvae
intemeratae virginis
civitas graecensis
monvmentvm hoc
anno m.dc.lxxx.
leopoldo i. imperante
pro peste aversa

leopoldo ii.
caesare m.dcc.xc.

liberalitate fidelivm
graecensivm fvnditvs
francesco josepho i.
imperatore m.dccc.lvii.

gelobt im jahre 1680
geweiht 1685
ausgeführt 1684-1686
von bartholomä zwickhl
nach einem modell
von andreas marx
säule gegossen
von medardus reig
restauriert 1790 und 1857
auf den karmeliterplatz
übertragen 1876
wegen baufälligkeit abgetragen
im jahre 1937
wiedererrichtet 1966

In honour of
the Holy
and undivided
and the
unblemished Virgin
The city of Graz
placed this monument
in 1680
under Emperor Leopold I.
to turn away the plague

Restored under
Emperor Leopold II
in 1790

By the generosity of the faithful
citizens of Graz completely
under Emperor Franz Joseph I
in 1857

Promised in the year 1680.
consecrated in 1685
executed 1684-1686
by Bartholomä Zwickhl
after the model
by Andreas Marx.
The column was founded
by Medardus Reig.
Restored in 1790 and 1857
To the Carmelite Square
transferred in 1876
Removed because of dilapidation
in year 1937
rebuilt in 1966

Marian, Holy Trinity and Plague Columns (Mariensäule, Dreifaltigkeitssäule, Pestsäule)

Marian and Holy Trinity columns are religious monuments with a statue of Saint Mary or a depiction of the Holy Trinity on top of a column. Around the base of the column are usually various saints. Marian columns were built to thank the Virgin Mary for intervention to quell the pestilence and other scourges. The first of those was erecrted in Vienna in 1667 (Mariensäule) and the second in 1679 also in Vienna at the Graben, the Pestsäule.
The purpose of the Holy Trinity columns was usually simply to celebrate the church and the faith, although the plague motif could play a role.
Erecting religious monuments in the form of a column surmounted by a figure or a Christian symbol was a gesture of public faith that flourished in the Catholic countries of Europe especially in the 17th and 18th centuries (Wikipedia)


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Location (N 47°4'25" - E 15°26'24")

Item Code: atst056; Photograph: 6 September 2016
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