Column surmounted by a statue of
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At the base surrounded by statues of:
- Saint Anne with Saint Mary.
mother of the Virgin Mary. She is often depicted with Mary as a child or a young girl
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- Sv. JÁN Nep: - Svatý Jan Nepomucký / Saint John of Nepomuk, a priest looking at a crucifix.
(Nepomuk c. 1345 - Praha 1393), confessor of the queen of Bohemia, refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional. At the behest of King Wenceslaus of Bohemia he was thrown from the Charles Bridge in Prague and drowned. John of Nepomuk is patron saint of bridges (Wikipedia)
- Sv. KAREL Bor: - Svatý Karel Boromejský / Saint Charles Borromeo, a young priest making a blessing gesture.
(Italian: Carlo Borromeo) (1538 - 1584), cardinal, worked during the Counter-Reformation and was responsible for significant reforms in the Catholic Church
- Sv. SARKANDER. - Svatý Jan Sarkander / Saint John Sarkander - a priest with his arms hands crosses.
(Czech and Polish: Jan Sarkander) (Skoczów, Poland 1576 - Olomouc 1620) was a Polish and Moravian priest. Beatified in 1860 and canonized 1995
- Sv. ŠEBESTIAN - Svatý Šebestián / Saint Sebastian, tied to a tree and shot by arrows.
(died c. 288), martyr, killed during the Roman emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians
Signed (St. Sebastian): K. Dvořàk v Praze / 1875
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Kopie, originál: autor neznámý, 1727
The column was erected in 1727 as gratutude for the saving of fire and the plague. The four saints statues are added in 1875. The 1727 statue of St. Anne with St. Mary is in 1992 replaced by a copy. The original is in the Horacke gallery.
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
- Unknown 18th century sculptor
- Karel Dvořák (19th century),
Sources & Information
Location (N 49°33'42" - E 16°4'29")
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Item Code: czvy009; Photograph: 4 September 2012
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