Statues - Hither & Thither

Czech Republic
Sokolov
Karlovarský kraj

Staré námĕstí

Mariánský Sloup

Saint Mary's Column

Wilhelm Felser
1701

Sokolov /  Mariánský Sloup   Sokolov /  Mariánský Sloup

Description

St. Mary's column with a statue of St. Mary on a sphere and crushing a serpent, on a column, and four saints around the base:


Sv. Antonín Paduánský
St. Anthony of Padua

Sv. Florian
St. Florian

Sv. Jan Nepomucký
St. John of Nepomuk

Sv. Jakub Starší
St. James the Great

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 (Wikipedia)

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Location N 50°10'50" E 12°38'21"

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