Gilded bronze statue of Maria Immaculata on a sphere with snake and a crescent moon, standing on top of a round column. On the square base are four gilded bronze angels representing the Christian virtues: Faith, Hope, Innocence and Humility (Faith with a cross, Hope with hands fold in prayer and the other two are almost identical angels holidng palm branches).
In 1873 the column was placed in the center of a fountain designed by the architect Herman Bollé.
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
- Anton Dominik Ritter von Fernkorn (Erfurt 1830 - Wien 1878),
Austrian sculptor and bronze founder
Sources & Information
Locatie (N 45°48'52" - E 15°58'43") (Satellite view: Google Maps)
Item Code: hr032; Photograph: 8 September 2016
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