Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Plague Column

The Plague Column is located on Graben in the city center. During the terrible plague epidemic of 1679, which cost an estimated 100.000 lives, the desperate Emperor Leopold I prayed for help and vowed he would erect a memorial at the end of the epidemic. That same year a large cross was erected, in 1692 it was replaced with the current monument created by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, an important architect of the Baroque period.

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