In 1679, between 75000 and 150,000 citizens of Vienna fell victim to the devastating plague epidemic. Once the crisis was finally over, Emperor Leopold the First decided to have a memorial built to remember those who were lost. A distinguished group of sculptors and architects, amongst them Matthias Rauchmiller, Ludovico Ottavio Burnacini and Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, set to work on this monument that was finally completed in 1693. Today the statue is a popular tourist destination and religious monument.
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Stephansplatz: U1, U4