The Plague Column (German: die Wiener Pestsäule), or Trinity Column (German: Dreifaltigkeitssäule), is a Holy Trinity column located on the Graben, a street in the inner city of Vienna, Austria. Erected after the Great Plague epidemic in 1679, the Baroque memorial is one of the most well-known and prominent sculptural pieces of art in the city. Christine M. Boeckl, author of Images of Plague and Pestilence, calls it "one of the most ambitious and innovative sculptural ensembles created anywhere in Europe in the post-Bernini era."
In 1679, Vienna was visited by one of the last big plague epidemics. Fleeing the city, the Habsburg emperor Leopold I vowed to erect a mercy column if the epidemic would end. In the same year, a provisional wooden column made by Johann Frühwirth was inaugurated, showing the Holy Trinity on a Corinthian column together with nine sculpted angels (for the Nine Choirs of Angels).
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Douglas Fanning | Jan 11, 2018
The centre of Vienna. A very clean historic city with lots of culture. Some of the buildings in the centre are so beautiful, so well maintained. Perfect for shopping, dining, classical and opera theatres, sightseeing or just a relaxing coffee. You will always have something to do and see in this friendly city. This is a must visit if you're visiting Vienna. The slogan is.. "Vienna is different"!
Vincent Oliver | Mar 27, 2018
This intricate sculpture does not feature on most tour maps - we found it by surprise. It was erected after the Great Plague epidemic in 1679, after Emperor Leopold vowed to erect a column if the plague would end. It was sculptured by several artists, ending with High Baroque style, in Vienna.
s83karthik | Jan 11, 2018
It is a magnificent structure. I happened to chance upon it in the night on my way to St. Stephen Cathedral. A completely unexpected gem. In the night the structure was grandly lit bringing out the gold colours vibrantly. I have no doubt that even in the day time, this would be a stand out piece of art to visit for 10 mins
Celeste Ruppelt | Feb 21, 2018
High-end designer shopping happens on this street. Tours walk through here just to see it but nobody in our group shopped. Perhaps it is more of a place to see and be seen carrying a designer bag. The sculpture in the area was remarkable.This elaborate 69-foot tall monument was erected in 1693, as a sacred memorial to those many thousands who lost lives due to the outbreak of the Bubonic Plague that raged first in the 14th century, and again in the 17th. Vienna was especially ravaged by the plague in 1679-1680 and this was consttucted because of the King's vow to honor those who died.
Adam Wells | Jan 1, 2018
Must see monument to plague victims with a fascinating story. Make sure to look at the intricate details and read up on the history before visiting. The Adolph Loos underground public restrooms are nearby.
Yaser AkhoZahieh | Jul 12, 2018
Very nice district, despite the sad memories behind building it. Close to other historical places. Walking in city center Vienna is like walking in a museum
Wiciu S | Jun 22, 2018
Big and monumental. The top is very shiny because it is incrused by gold.
Eirini Tsagaropoulou | Jul 5, 2018
It is a monument both beautiful and sad. It is in the Vienna centre, and everybody takes at least 4 pictures of it so that he captivates its beauty from all sides.
BradJill Travels | Jun 13, 2018
One of the three monuments on Grabenstraße in the city centre of Vienna is the Pestsaule (Plague Column). This Baroque style monument that is 18 metres tall, featuring an ornately decorated pedestal, adorned with clouds and a choir of angels and cherubs, lifting up toward the gilded statues of the Father and Son. The monument was inaugurated in 1693 and commemorates the bubonic plaque epidemic of 1679. It is a visually appealing and if skies are blue, you can take beautiful photos of the Plague Column. Note, there is two neoclassical statue fountains, Josefsbrunnen (Joseph's Fountain) and Leopoldsbrunnen (Leopold's Fountain) that flank Plague Column along Grabenstraße. Collectively, these are a nice group of monuments to view when spending time in this area of Vienna.
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