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Plague Column (Pestsaule)

Graben 26, Vienna 1010, Austria
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This column commemorates the plague epidemic of 1697.
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Graben 26, Vienna 1010, Austria
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Ornate, huge, gilded, it's hard to miss! Nicely lit at night as well, stop for a look and take a photo or two.

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank zzzptm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank David M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank JLC-mtl2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank MaryKop
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ridiculously ostentatious, the monument still impresses and is a handy landmark when negotiating the streets of Vienna. If you've seen it during daylight, go back at night when, lit up, it takes on a different quality.

1  Thank CptVonTripp
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This stunning and baroque memorial is one of the most well-known and prominent sculptural pieces of art in the city. It's in memorandum of the Great Plague epidemic in 1679,

1  Thank Ultron-8
Reviewed 5 September 2017

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

Thank Honisoiquimalypense
Reviewed 5 September 2017

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

Thank Deborah F
Reviewed 31 August 2017

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

Thank BigHugh51
Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards
Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks
such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera),
Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral)
and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’
former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as
Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse
and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the centre. The
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