August 3, 2005
Although it attracts a lot of attention, most tourists stop and sit at the base to rest their weary feet, or take snapshots of the monument without realizing its solemn meaning. I would not have had any idea myself if I had not been within earshot of a group tour whose guide spoke English. What I heard stunned me.
This striking alabaster column was erected by Buda's Council in 1713 to serve as a lasting memorial to those who died in the devastating plague of 1691. There were not one, but four outbreaks, and so many people perished that they could not be buried properly, so they were buried in mass graves.
At the top of the column is the golden Holy Trinity (hence the name), while the main portion of the statue depicts a multitude of angels and saints. At the foot of the column, King David is depicted praying for an end to the plague.
In Medieval times, the square was the main marketplace of Buda. It's the highest point of Castle Hill.
From journal A Magyar Experience