Column (8 m high) with a gilded statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, standing on a snake. The column stands on a square base with a relief of Saint Rosalie, and a shield with text, and on the back a text on the restauration:
The column is flanked by six statues of saints (originally eight, the statues of St. John the Baptist and St. John of Nepomuk are lost; the six statues are replaced by copies, the originals are in the museum).
Chronogram, first line missing
Chronogram for 1991
VIator DIC saeCVLIs VentVrIs
e Voto et CarItate
hIC renoVata sVM
Sv. Frančišek Asiški
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Mary Immaculate
Sv. Rozalija - St. Rosalie
Sv. Anton Padovanski
St. Anthony of Padua
Sv. Frančišek Ksaver
St. Francis Xavier
- Saint Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ
- St. Rosalia (1130-1166), also called La Santuzza or "The Little Saint", revered as a protector against infectious diseases
- St. Francis of Assisi born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone (1181/82 - 1226), an Italian friar and preacher. He founded among others the Franciscan Order. Saint Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history
- St. Sebastian (died c. 288), martyr, killed during the Roman emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians
- St. Donatus of Münstereifel (c. 140 - before 180),
2nd century Roman soldier and martyr
- St. Anthony of Padua born Fernando Martins de Bulhões, (Lisbon c. 1195 - Padua 1231), priest and friar of the Franciscan Order, known for his preaching and expert knowledge of scripture
- St. Roch (14th century),
saint from Montpellier, he is specially invoked against the plague.
- St. Francis Xavier (Javier, Navarra 1506 - São João Island, China, 1552), pioneering Roman Catholic missionary, co-founder of the Society of Jesus
- Josef Straub (Wiesensteig 1712 - Maribor 1756),
German-Austrian sculptor, working in Maribor
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
Sources & Information
Location (N 46°33'27" - E 15°38'43")
Via the links below you can find the position:
Item Code: si015; Photograph: 7 September 2016
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