The Statue of the Virgin Mary
Station 8

The Column of the Virgin Mary depicts Mary, the Mother of God, as the Queen of Heaven with a halo of stars. The actual sculptor of the first figure is unknown unfortunately. The sculpture initially stood on the open fields to the west of the Feldertor (gateway to the fields), one of the original three gates of Burgebrach. 

However, when the Feldertor was demolished in 1873, the figure was moved to the vacant site of the former gate. The stones of the demolished Feldertor were used as building material for the dwelling house of the "Äußeren Schmied" (outer forge). A part of the coat of arms and a panel on the building are a reminder of this today. 

The present statue of the Virgin Mary was newly created by the Burgebrach sculptor Johann Georg Neser in 1865. The master mason Johann Zahnleiter built the base.

The Mother of God originally looked towards the south, until she was turned to face south west in 1987. A hitherto unknown document was discovered during the work which had apparently been inserted by the people in charge at that time.

Here is an excerpt from the document:

  "...But may all citizens faithfully follow the sublime virtues of Mary; the blessed Mother of God will then stretch out her protecting hand over Burgebrach during danger and always be an intercessor and mediatrix before her divine son for her true followers in life and in death. ..."

The original had to be replaced by a cast of artificial stone at the end of 2004, since parts of the sculpture had been damaged by the effects of the weather.

The figure of Mary once stood outside one of the former town gates and protected the town. When the gate was demolished, the sculpture was given its own place on a column built on the vacant site. The statue of the Virgin Mary which can be seen today was newly created in 1865. However, only a copy made of artificial stone stands in the open. The actual figure was increasingly being damaged by the wind and weather.

other panels of our tour

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Station 1:
The Old Town Hall

Burgebrach's distinctive landmark - living history!

Station 2:
The former District Court

From a castle and a hospital to a community centre

Station 3:
The Church Square

Gothic and baroque in harmony

Station 4:
The Parish House

On this site since time immemorial

Station 5:
The Elementary School

Education since the end of the 15th century

Station 6:
House of the Niederbronn Sisters

Let us turn to the sisters first of all.

Station 7:
The Forester's House

Seat of the Royal Forestry Office

Station 8:
The Statue of the Virgin Mary

A protecting hand over Burgebrach

Station 9:
Café Windeck

From a slaughterhouse to a Skat stronghold

Station 10:
Market Street

Welcome to the centre of Burgebrach

Station 11:
The Old Station

The "Flügelbahn" connected town and country

Station 12:
Kellerberg hill

Altes Rathaus

Burgebrachs Wahrzeichen – lebendige Geschichte!

Station 7:
The Forester's House

Seat of the Royal Forestry Office

Station 9:
Café Windeck

From a slaughterhouse to a Skat stronghold
96138 Burgebrach