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Holy Trinity Column (Dreifaltigkeitssaeule) description and photos - Austria: Linz. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Dreifaltigkeitssaeule.
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The Holy Trinity Column is a plague pillar located in the very center of Linz on one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Austria - Hauptplatz, which translates from German as Main Square.
Linz's Baroque landmark - a 20-meter-high column of white Salzburg marble - was built between 1717 and 1723 by a Salzburg mason, Sebastian Stumpfegger. The plague pillar was designed by the architect Antonio Beduzzi. The construction of the Holy Trinity Column displeased the regional governor. In his opinion, the city fathers were too profligate by allocating funds for the purchase of white marble for the column. The governor even ordered a special investigation. By the way, in the chronicle of the Jesuits who supported the governor, this is not mentioned.
The great flood of 1872 caused damage to the Holy Trinity Column. During the Second World War, all decorative gilded elements were removed from the plague pillar and moved to the basements of the buildings on the Main Square. After the war, they were again installed on the column.
There are three commemorative plaques on the column with thanks to the Lord for getting rid of the threat of war (1704), fire (1712) and the plague (1713). On the pedestal there are statues of the saints, whose prayers helped during the plague epidemic - Saint Sebastian and Saint Charles Borromeo. There is also a sculpture of a heavenly patron protecting from fire. This is Saint Florian, guarding firefighters, blacksmiths and everyone who is associated with fire in their professional activities. Also here you can see the sculptural image of the Virgin Mary Immaculate. The column is crowned with a composition depicting the Holy Trinity. It is made of gilded copper.
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