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Czech Republic
Přeštice
Plzeňský kraj

Masarykovo náměstí

Mariánský sloup

Saint Mary's Column


1676

Přeštice /  Mariánský sloup   Přeštice /  Mariánský sloup

Description

Statue of a praying St. Mary on a round column flanked by two saints:
  1. Left: Sv. Václav / St. Wenceslaus (c. 907 - 935), duke of Bohemia, raised as Christian by his grandmother, Saint Ludmila. He was murdered in 935 on his way to church. Patron saint of the Czech people and the Czech Republic (Wikipedia).
  2. Right: Sv. Vojtěch / St. Adalbert (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 (Wikipedia).

Přeštice - Mariánský sloup
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Přeštice - Mariánský sloup
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In 2002 the statue of St. Wenceslas was stolen, the other statue was then stored to prevent theft. Later, copies were made, that of Adalbert after the preserved original, the Wenceslas statue similar to Adalbert with help of archival meterial.

Inscription(s)

Přeštice - Mariánský sloup a.m.s.d.p.
i.b.a.h.h.p.
ex voto

Ao Dni
1676.

Annotation

The column is a gift from dean Adalbert Schramm in 1676.

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)

Sources & Information

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Location N 49°34'19" E 13°19'45"

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