Plague Column (Pestsaule)

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Plague Column (Pestsaule)
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This column commemorates the plague epidemic of 1697.
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Neighborhood: Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
How to get there
  • Stephansplatz • 2 min walk
  • Stephansplatz • 2 min walk
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David D
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Sep 2021
This memorial to the passing of a plague stands near the centre of the old town of Vienna. The sculpture is baroque in style, and contains images of pestilence being cast down. It only takes a minute or so to see, and is close to many other tourist attractions, but it is worth seeing, partly because it inspired many similar columns in central Europe, but also because it reminds of us the difficulties our ancestors faced in times before modern medicine.
Written September 15, 2021
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zdaati
Vienna, Austria3,271 contributions
Jan 2021
you can find them many places and fits well to the covid situation these day. Erected in 1683. first version was rather simple but has the holy trinity church on the top and on the side is emperor Leopold kneeling and was the first baroque structure in Vienna. Located in the centre in the pedestrian area close to stephensplatz and graben. something you should see when in Vienna by all means
Written February 3, 2021
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Fragk
Athens, Greece34 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Not the first time humanity faces a plague....or a pandemic...we just have to take precautions and be serious.
Written November 10, 2020
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zdaati
Vienna, Austria3,271 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
Always nice to see, fits well to these covid times. In the center and good for picture taking, on your way to the cathedral or graben but hen in the center you canot miss this column
Written July 16, 2020
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL14,184 contributions
Jun 2019
When I saw this last summer, I never realized what it would mean today as we deal with Covid 19. It is good to remember that cities once dealt with pestilence often. This column was erected by the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I. The plague came in 1679 but the column was not erected until 1683, the same year as the siege of Vienna by the Ottomans. Anyways our guide told us when they did not have money they built columns and when they did, they built churches like the Karlskirche.

This was supposed to be a simple column. It became the first Baroque structure in Vienna that honors the Holy Trinity at the top of the statue. This monument is dominates a huge pedestrian boulevard and is a real attraction for Vienna for the last 300 years. You definitely should find and take pictures
Written April 9, 2020
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania7,119 contributions
Aug 2019
In 1679 the bubonic plague broke out in Vienna - and swept across the city like wildfire claiming 10th of thousands of lives.
In 1683 the turks besieged Vienna - the salvation came in the shape of the cavalry charge of the winged hussars of the polish army. The hussars who had their king John Sobieski III leading them, were charging down the mountainside of Kahlenberg hill and crushed the ottoman army in front of the walls of Vienna.
In 1694 the monument was completed and it has in the end a double meaning - not only as a monument of the plague but also a monument commemorating the defeat of the turkish army. (Leopold I, as some historians of the time noted, fled from the city with a large part of the austrian army, but that's a different story)
Leopold I , Emperor of Austria had sworn an oath to erect a monument once the plague ended but eventually the monument had a the - has kept his word and financed the construction of the monument that can be seen today on the Graben.
The most important features - the Holy Trinity church on top of the of the monument - on the side of the monument Emperor Leopold I kneeling, and closer to the bottom you can see and old woman thrown down by angels - symbol of the defeated plague.
For those of you who are into history it is a must on the list of places to be visited in Vienna.
Overall it is a very beautiful monument and a very popular meeting point in the city center and for sure it is worth stopping for a few pictures and it is a must see when you are in Vienna.
Written April 4, 2020
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Ayub Q
Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,349 contributions
Jun 2019
We visited the Plague monument in Vienna long back long back, nearly nine months ago. The Corona virus pandemic currently sweeping the globe reminded me of it.
Erected to commemorate the Great Plague epidemic in 1679 and located in Graben, a street in the inner city of Vienna, it is one of the most prominent sculptures in Vienna. We could see the see the monuments in our daily forays to the city centre and one day we decided to spend some time viewing it.
In 1679, Vienna had one of the last big plague epidemics. The Habsburg Emperor, Leopold 1, vowed to erect a mercy column once the epidemic ended.
Construction began in 1679 and the column was inaugurated in 1694, after many changes in design.Despite the long construction period and the many changes in design, designers and sculptors, the monument appears quite homogeneous. During the design and construction period, it changes from a conservative column to a High Baroque one, narrating a story in theatrical form. It bears testimony to the transition to High Baroque in Vienna.
The iconography of the column is complex but the basic message is simple It says that the plague and the Ottomans Second Siege of Vienna in 1683, both punishments for sin, were overcome by the piety and intercession of Emperor Leopold 1. In that sense the column also represents a victory monument to the Emperor.
Written March 20, 2020
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슈 슈
8 contributions
Feb 2020
It's just downtown. It's easy to find. The street where the pillar is located is very famous.
This is also a story, of course, he mainly commemorates those who died at that time.
It is a very painful history. From its structure, we can see that every expression is very painful.
The tourists around are basically taking pictures, which should be regarded as the center of Vienna.
Written February 12, 2020
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Sandra V
2,375 contributions
Jan 2020
Beautiful column acting also as a meeting point in the middle of a square/street with lots of shops. Subway station line 1 stops there. It is beautiful. Amazing story. Better than other pestsauler in other cities.
Written January 30, 2020
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Scott
San Francisco, CA4,737 contributions
Jan 2020
Amazing column. Definitely the granddaddy of all Vienna columns. But it's also got an interesting history. Read about the plague. I really with monuments were easier to narrow down on Trip Advisory.
Written January 28, 2020
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