Plague Column of Virgin Mary - Hradčanské Square, Hradčany
Hradčanské Square, Hradčany
In the centre of Hradčany Square in a small park stands a Baroque Marian Column, built by Hradčany Town Hall to thank for the end of plague epidemy which was troubling Prague towns in 1713-14. Two other similar columns were erected in other parts of Prague too, in places where open-air bidding services took place during the times of the epidemy (one of the other two pillars is the Holy Trinity plague column on the Lesser Town Square). The construction started in 1726 but due to a lack of finances the column was not consecrated until ten years later. The column as such was made by a stonemason J. O. Manes, sculptural decorations (the statue of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary on the top and statues of the saints on the railings and the side pillars) were made by F. M. Brokof in 1724-28; after his death the statues were completed by F. I. Weiss. The central statue was replaced by a copy in 1894, the original is stored in the Lapidarium of the National Museum. Decorative corner stones are arranged around the group of statues.