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"The Graben." Graben Street - Shops - Architecture Tip by margaretvn

  The Graben.
by margaretvn

Look at the Pestsaule on the Graben. In 1679 Emperor Leopold I vowed to commemorate Vienna’s, eventual, deliverance from the plague which was raging. When the plague was over he commissioned Rauchmiller, Burnacini and Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach to build a Baroque plague column. Its most striking image is a saintly figure and an angel watching over a hag (symbolizing the plague) being destroyed, above that the Emperor is praying. Graben is a pedestrianized street with some lovely shops, but while walking there also look at the building and not just the windows of the shops. There are buildings by Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner.

Address: The Graben.
Directions: U-bahn to Stephansplatz

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  • Updated Apr 3, 2005
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