Mercy Memorial

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The Pestsäule: The Plague Column This is one of the most famous sculptures in Vienna. In 1679, the city was swept with the bubonic plague and the city had also suffered from previous outbreaks since the first of the “Black Death.” When the plague began, Emperor Leopold I vowed to build a mercy column (memorial) if it ended. The rest, as you can see, is history. That same year it was constructed with wood sculptured to depict the Holy Trinity together with nine angels (Nine Choirs of Angels). It was done in marble a few years later and finished in 1693. This column tells the story of the plague in a theatrical form through Baroque art. At the base is the coat of arms of Hungary. Throughout the sculpture you can find Leopold praying, angels and other heavenly sculptures. The next slides will show you some details around this beautiful sculpture.