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St. Anna's Column (Annasaule), Innsbruck

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St. Anne's Column (German: Annasäule) stands in the city centre of Innsbruck on Maria-Theresien-Straße.
It was given its name when, in 1703, the last Bavarian troops were driven from the Tyrol on St. Anne's Day (26 July), as part of the War of the Spanish Succession. In 1704, in gratitude, the Landstände vowed to build a monument commemorating the event.

The column was made by Trient sculptor, Cristoforo Benedetti, from red Kramsach marble. On the base are four statues of saints:

in the north, Saint Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary

in the west, Cassian, patron saint of the Diocese of Bozen-Brixen.

in the east, Vigilius, patron saint of the Diocese of Trient.

in the south, Saint George, patron saint of the Tyrol.Towering above these four statues is the column with its statue of Mary as the Woman of the Apocalypse, raising 42 meters (137 feet) from the street.
The column was consecrated on 26 July 1706 by Prince-Bishop Kaspar Ignaz, Count of Künigl. It has been restored several times over the centuries. In 1958, mainly for conservation reasons, the figure of Mary was replaced by a replica and the original was loaned to the Abbey of St. Georgenberg-Fiecht, where it has been placed in a side chapel of the abbey church of Fiecht (near Schwaz) above Saint Mary's altar.

On 10 October 2009 the figures of saints on the base of the monument were also substituted; the originals are now on the first floor of the Altes Landhaus in Innsbruck.

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  • Seemingly simple but very beautiful monument. Tall like the mountains in the far perspective. Strolling through the old city you will see it. In a sense it is a war memorial expressing gratitute for.....  more
    Seemingly simple but very beautiful monument. Tall like the mountains in the far perspective. Strolling through the old city you will see it. In a sense it is a war memorial expressing gratitute for.....  more »
  • Beautiful monument in the Altstadt. Located in the center of everything! Good spot for a picture and to walk around as well 
    Beautiful monument in the Altstadt. Located in the center of everything! Good spot for a picture and to walk around as well  more »
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  • The old city centre of Innsbruck is very beautiful. I liked this place, the mountains are right next to the city centre, the river. This place is amazing with it’s mind blowing natural view.
  • Clean, nature lover will love walking to forest on one side and small walking lake on the other side. Friendly and helpful staff. No shower only tub.

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