Marian column (Düsseldorf)

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Marian column in the garden at Maxplatz, Düsseldorf
Virgin Mary statue with star halo on the column capital

The Mariensaeule in Düsseldorf district Carlstadt is a neo-Roman column with a statue on its tip. It stands on a pedestal in a small garden planted with roses and shapes the Maxplatz there.


In 1854 Pope Pius IX proclaimed . the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary . As a result, the Düsseldorf Marian Column was commissioned as the “only religious monument of the 19th century in Düsseldorf”. In 1873 it was finally built and inaugurated.


A round column rises above a square base, in whose arched niches are framed statues of the prophets Jeremiah , Daniel , Isaiah and Ezekiel , halfway up with the following Latin inscription: "Sancta Maria sine labe concepta, ora pro nobis" (Holy Mary, received without hereditary debt, pray for us). The inscription divides the column shaft into two sections, each decorated with an arabesque pattern. On the capital , which is sculpted with man, eagle, bull and lion as a reference to the four evangelists as well as with acanthus leaves and angel busts, there is a statue of Maria Immaculata . At the foot of the standing Madonna is a crescent moon to see. The head of Mary is emphasized by a star halo. She has clasped her hands over her chest as a sign of her mercy .

The model for the sculpture was created by the sculptor Anton Josef Reiss ; it was executed by the sculptor Gottfried Renn (1818–1900). The base inscription reads:

"Anton Joseph Reiss (model)
Gottfried Renn (execution)
Mariensäule / 1872, Stein / State capital Düsseldorf"

The master carpenter Bruckmann built the scaffolding. Works leader Peters, J. Biesenbach and the sculptors Reis and the Rechmann brothers took over the installation.


  • Theo Lücker: Stones speak. Small signpost through Düsseldorf's old town. Verlag T. Ewers, Düsseldorf 1977, pp. 110-111 [No. 56 The Marian Column].

Individual evidence

  1. State capital Düsseldorf - sketch of the Marian column
  2. ^ Architects and Engineers Association in Düsseldorf (ed.): Düsseldorf and its buildings. L. Schwann, Düsseldorf 1904, p. 77, [Fig. 57]
  3. State capital Düsseldorf - 1873 (annual entry for Düsseldorf timeline)
  4. Monuments & Sculptures - Düsseldorf Marketing und Tourismus GmbH , accessed on January 1, 2011
  5. File: Sculpture Mariensäule by Anton Joseph Reiss and Gottfried Renn  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  6. ^ "Mariensäule" in Düsseldorfer Volksblatt (No. 111) of May 12, 1873

Coordinates: 51 ° 13 ′ 20.7 "  N , 6 ° 46 ′ 16.7"  E