Travel Notes: Salzburg, The Maria Immaculata Column

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Salzburg’s Cathedral is famous for its church architecture and exceptional beauty. It is the cathedral where Mozart was baptised. The Cathedral Square is dominated by the Maria Immaculata (Immaculate Mary) column.


The statue of Maria Immaculata is enthroned on a “mountain of clouds” made of Untersberg marble and a globe. It is surrounded by allegoric figures on four sides: Angel, Devil, Truth (Wisdom) and the Church. A plaque on the side of the Cathedral explains their meaning: the mystery of the Immaculate Conception was so great that it caused the angels to be delighted, human wisdom to vanish, the devil to growl in envy and the triumphant church to rejoice.

Source: Salzburg Info