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Plague column and sculpture of dancing peasants

Plague column and sculpture of dancing peasants

To commemorate the great plague of 1680, a plague column with a statue of the Virgin Mary and the saints Jan Nepomucký, Roch, Florian and Jan Sarkander was erected in the middle of Masaryk Square, in a place where, according to legend, piles of the dead were heaped up. However, the greatest curiosity of tourists is aroused by the sleeping figure of the Palermo hermit Saint Rosalia, who dreams her endless dream in the cave.

Close to the plague column is a fountain with statues of dancing peasants dating back to 1929. In the past, the fountain was the cause of many national squabbles. The reason for this was that its author, Franz Barwig, who was born in 1886 in Šenov near Nový Jičín, dressed the figures in German cowboy costume. At a time when many of the inhabitants of the Nový Jičín region claimed to be Sudeten, the sculpture was a thorn in the side. Now both figures are among the unwritten symbols of the town.

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Masarykovo nám, 45/29
Nový Jičín 741 01
Česká republika

N 49° 35' 39.184''
E 18° 0' 29.756''

Opening hours:
Po–Pá: 8:00 – 17:00
So, Ne: 9:00 – 16:00
Svátky: 9:00 – 16:00

This project was co-financed by provision of 20,000 CZK from the budget of the Moravian-Silesian Region, support of TIC in the Moravian-Silesian Region for 2013.