Immaculata (Plague Column)
The most beautiful Baroque monument in the city, built as an expression of thanks after the plague epidemic.
Right behind the theatre you can find the Plague Column of the Virgin Mary from 1723 (Immaculata). 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.
It is a fine example of a Baroque sculpture surrounded by later sculptures of saints and angels. Legend has it that the bodily remains of St. Valentine are hidden under one of the columns.
(Photos © Stanislav Šiliga 3x, Matúš Braxatoris/matusdesign.sk 5x)