Statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary on a sphere with snake. The statue is on top of a triangular column adorned with angels and clouds. The column stands on a triangular base with inscriptions, and on the three corners statues of:
- (right) Sv. Alžbĕta Durynská and a beggar
(1207-1231), a princess of the Kingdom of Hungary, patroness of the Third Order of St. Francis
- (left) Svatý Josef s Ježíšem
(Hebrew יוֹסֵף, "Yosef"; Greek: Ἰωσήφ), the husband of the Virgin Mary and the earthly father of Jesus Christ (in distinction to God, his "heavenly father") (Wikipedia).
- (back) Svatý Vojtěch
(c. 956 - 997), bishop of Prague and a missionary, was martyred in his efforts to convert the Baltic Prussians. Patron saint of Bohemia, Poland, Hungary and Prussia
On the faces two reliefs (on the front face is the text):
- (left) Svatý Florian
(d. c. 304), commander of the imperial army in the Roman province of Noricum, responsible for organizing firefighting brigades. Martyred because is did not want to sacrifice to Roman gods. He is usually depicted as a Roman officer pouring water from a pitcher over a fire
- (right) Svatý Jan Nepomucký
(Nepomuk c. 1345 - Praha 1393), confessor of the queen of Bohemia, refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional. At the behest of King Wenceslaus of Bohemia he was thrown from the Charles Bridge in Prague and drowned. John of Nepomuk is patron saint of bridges (Wikipedia)
je dílem kameníka
jordána z r. 1569.
v klasicistním slohu byl
huberem v r. 1780
The town fountain
is the work of the stonemason
Jordan in the year 1569
The Marian column
in the classical style was
made by the Budweiser
Huber in 1780
The Marian column was erected in 1780 at the expense of two local citizens, Jan Pilsa and his wife Elisabeth.
P.S. 12 September 2012 was a rainy day... During our short stop in Třeboň it was raining very heavy. The photos are therefore not as good as usual.
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
- Leopold Huber,
mason from České Budějovice.
Sources & Information
Location (N 49°0'14" - E 14°46'15")
Item Code: czjc004; Photograph: 12 September 2012
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