Ornate, huge, gilded, it's hard to miss! Nicely lit at night as well, stop for a look and take a photo or two.
About Plague Column (Pestsaule)
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There is so much going on with this column, you have just got to see it and get lost in it. Hopefully, the weather is clear when you visit, as you can spend more than a few minutes enjoying the sculpture.
It’s hard to know what was running through the mind of the designer or architect of this masterpiece. Certainly it shows a degree of confusion and elegant mayhem. There is a clear desire to keep away from a feeing grace, majesty or tranquility. Totally opposite...More
This column was an agreement made by Emperor as a sign of gratitude should the tragedy went the plague epidemic would end. The emperor kept his promise the Plague Column was ordered. Representation of the devastating illness.
Europe suffered several plagues throughout history and it seems just about every city orders a a memorial or tribute of some kind attesting to the city's survival. Vienna's was placed in the middle of their huge shopping district, the Grabeb, and is topped with gold...More
This is a large structure located on the Graben, that was built after the black plague that hit Vienna in 1679, killing 150,000 people. The statue was inaugurated in 1693 after a few problems and changes in style and architect. It is in a baroque...More
A very impressive and ornate statue. I wish I had read more of the history behind it! This is from the late 1670s, showing thankfulness for deliverance from what was probably a wave of bubonic plague. With the Danube bringing so many people ... And...More
We passed by this impressive, ornate column several times whilst on walks through central Vienna. On each occasion, it was surrounded by tourists having their photos taken next to it. It is a memorial commemorating the fact that the city was able to overcome the...More