The tradition of erecting plague columns did not originate in Wine, but it was here on Graben Street that one of the most famous columns was erected in 1694. The plague of 1679 claimed the lives of several tens of thousands of Vienna residents. Vienna, which by that time had become a major city and a river port, was suffering from overpopulation. The plague spread with great speed, although the Viennese already understood how to deal with it. The dead were taken out of town and dumped into common graves, doctors dressed in special suits resembling the spacesuits of doctors in the recent pandemic. So the victory over the plague was won with the help of reason and not by divine grace, but the imperial power and the ignorant population thought otherwise. The column has three tiers. On the first level, Emperor Leopold asks God for intercession, on the second level, angels, and on the third level, the divine trinity itself. By the way, this is unusual for Catholics, because plague columns were usually dedicated to the Virgin Mary and her intercession. However, the architect of the column, Paul Strudel, decided otherwise. Thanks to the involvement of the Italian theatrical engineer Lodovico Burnachini, the whole composition has acquired a clearly theatrical appearance. It is natural for high Baroque.