Plague Column of the Holiest Trinity - Malostranské Square, Lesser Town
Malostranské Square, Lesser Town
A majestic column in the upper part of the Lesser Town Square was erected in 1715 by townsmen in gratitude for the end of a terrible plague epidemic which has been inflicted on Prague two years before then. During the plague epidemic, open-air bidding services were held; later on columns with statues of the saints were erected in their place (there were three in total in Lesser Town – on the Hradčany Square, Maltese Square and Lesser Town Square). The column was designed by G. B. Alliprandi and it was made by stone-mason F. W. Herstorf, statues are the work of J. O. Mayer and F. Geiger. After a famine in 1772 statues of angels with cartouches and vases from I. F. Platzer’s workshop were added. Twenty metres high column is formed by a sandstone obelisk inlaid with marble, there is the symbol of the God’s eye placed on top. In the southern part there is an altar table, the other three parts are made of water tanks that symbolize life, mercy and salvation. Above the altar table there is a statue of Virgin Mary standing on a serpent, below there are statues of Czech patrons (St. Wenceslas, St. Ludmila, St. Procopius, St. John of Nepomuk and St. Adalbert). Above the patrons there is the Holiest Trinity: the statues of Jesus Christ, Father-God and the Holy Spirit shown as a dove.