Pinsteps. The Leopold fountain

The second fountain in the Plague Column ensemble is dedicated to Leopold, not the father of Joseph and Leopold from the Babenberg dynasty who founded the city of Neuburg (northwest of Vienna) and the medieval Vienna itself. The reliefs depict two events from Leopold's life – the miraculous recovery of his wife's veil and the foundation of Klosterneuburg Monastery. According to legend, during Leopold's wedding to Agnes, the daughter of the German emperor, the wind carried away the bride's veil. Leopold found it nine years later in the forest while hunting and founded a new city – a residence – on that spot. Later, the Danube changed its course, dividing the city founded at the ford into two. The one closer to the former market (Korn) was named Korneuburg, and the one closer to the monastery (Kloster) was Klosterneuburg. In this monastery, the relics of Leopold are interred – declared the patron saint of Lower Austria in 1663 (during the reign of Leopold I, the father of Joseph). Leopold also participated in a crusade and founded other monasteries, including the Monastery of the Holy Cross, which is said to house parts of the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified.

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A leisurely stroll through the historic part of the city unfolds a tapestry of enchanting landmarks. The city park, adorned with the melodies of Strauss and Schubert, leads to the venerable city gates named after Luger and Mozart. The narrative of "Ah, My Sweet Augustine" echoes through time, while the oldest church in the city stands as a testament to bygone eras. The tales of Theodor Herzl, the anchor clocks, the Jewish quarter, the square where it all began, the longest narrow alley, the Estergazi restaurant, and Andersen's house weave together seamlessly.

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