Plague Pillar

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The Immaculata Statue at Hlavná ulica in Košice, Slovakia
The sculpture of Virgin Mary on the top of the column

The Plague Pillar (Slovak: Morový stĺp) or Immaculata is a Baroque plague column in Košice, Slovakia. It was erected at the place of medieval gallows at Fő utca (Main Street, now called Hlavná ulica) in 1723. The column is situated in a small park and commemorates the gratitude to Mother Mary for an end to the plague epidemic from 1709 and 1710. Local legend holds that the relics of Saint Valentine are hidden beneath the structure.

It is a 14 metre high column on the stone basement with sculptures of Saint Joseph, Saint Sebastian and Saint Ladislaus. There is a sculpture of the Virgin Mary on the top of the column. The sculptures of Saint Gabriel, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Saint Margaret, Saint Michael the Archangel and Saint Barbara are on the pillars of the fence.

The statue was damaged during the World War II. It was restored by academic sculptor Vojtech Löffler in the years 1949-1951 and 1971-1972. The last reconstruction took place in 1996-1998.

Coordinates: 48°43′22″N 21°15′24″E / 48.7228°N 21.2568°E / 48.7228; 21.2568