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Plague Column, Maribor

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Monument · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
The Plague Column (Slovene: Kužno znamenje) is a monument at Main Square (Glavni trg) of the city of Maribor, northeastern Slovenia, erected by "pious burghers" in gratitude for the end of a 1680 plague epidemic that had claimed a third of the city's population. The original monument was built in 1681. The current one is a 1743 replacement, the first work by the German sculptor Joseph Straub in Maribor. It is considered his most monumental work, and one of the best examples of baroque art in Slovenia.

The column is made entirely of white marble, and consists of an ornate rectangular pedestal that supports a Corinthian column bearing a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary, crowned with twelve stars and standing on the moon (a reference to Revelation 12:1). At its base, the column is surrounded by six saints, to which the townspeople prayed for intercession:

St. Francis of Assissi

St. Sebastian

St. James

St. Anthony of Padua

St. Roch

St. Francis XavierThe monument was later surrounded by an ornamental stone fence.

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  • This wonderful monument stands in the centre of the newly pedestrianised area. Given Covid it's a fitting reminder that plague has always been with us.  more »
  • Beautiful and touching monument, located at the city centre. Very detailed artwork and a carefull use of symbolism.  more »
  • Main square is usually a good place to be (or in vicinity) at the evenings for drinks e.t.c..
  • Situated in the main square with the town hall in it. The statue remembers the plague that isolated Slovenia. The main square is in the centre of Maribor, and from there you can go to the mos crowded places, like bars, shops and restaurants

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