The Marian Column will return to Prague’s Old Town Square.
Next year, the Marian Column will be resurrected in its original location, the Old Town Square. The column’s revival will commemorate the 100 year anniversary of its demolition.
The baroque, sandstone column was taken down by a mob after the overthrow of the Habsburg Monarchy. The monument was a symbol of their independence from the regime.
Despite the Marian Column’s symbolic destruction, it was originally constructed as a tribute to Prague’s defense against the Swedish invasion during the 30-year war. Work began on the column in 1648 and was completed two years later.
Brought down in 1918, the column has been absent from the square for 99 years. Now, the remains of the monument are in the Lapidarium of the National Museum in Výstaviště, Prague. On top of the column stood a statue of Virgin Mary Immaculate, which broke during the column’s demolition. In 1954 by the then Pope’s sculptor, Professor Monteleone, rebuilt the statue, according to an article by Prague City Line.
The column will be replicated in sandstone by sculptors under the supervision of Petr Váni. He has done many restoration projects in Prague, as well as around Europe. You can view his work on his website.
In 1652, two years after the completion of the monument, the Prague Meridian was constructed in the Old Town Square. The column laid a shadow on the meridian at noon, indicating the time for Czech’s walking through the square. Once the column is rebuilt, those passing through the square will be able to do the same.