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Czech Republic
Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou
kraj Vysočina

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Sloup Nejsvětější Trojice

Trinity Column


(Wikipedia)

1716

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Description

Three separate round columns at the top joined and surmounted by a sculpture group showing God the Father (old man with orb and sceptre), the Son (Jesus, making a blessing gesture with his right and holding a cross in his left hand) and the Holy Ghost (a dove sitting on the cross). In front, between them sits Saint Mary Queen of Heaven. The three columns stand on a triangular base with on the corners statues:

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  1. Svatý Karel Boromejský / Saint Charles Borromeo, a young priest.
    (Italian: Carlo Borromeo) (1538 - 1584), cardinal, worked during the Counter-Reformation and was responsible for significant reforms in the Catholic Church (Wikipedia).
  2. Svatý Šebestián / Saint Sebastian, tied to a tree and shot by arrows, with an angel pulling one of arrows out.
    (died c. 288), martyr, killed during the Roman emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians (Wikipedia).
  3. Svatý Roch / Saint Roch, in pilgrim's outfit with staff and dog, and showing his tigh.
    (14th century), saint from Montpellier, he is specially invoked against the plague. (Wikipedia).

Inscription(s)

On one of the three faces a commemorative plaque:
A.M.D.G.
Joannes Adamus Comes a Questenberg
A.D. MDCCXVI
erexit
Rudolphus Comes a Wrbna-Kaunitz et
Elvira Comitissa a Wrbna-Kaunitz
nata Regia Principissa Bavariae
A.D. MDCCCXCVIII
restauraverunt
surrounded by three bronze (?) coats of arms:

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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)

Tags

Location N 49°5'39" E 15°53'33"

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