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From the end of the 17th century to the middle of the 18th century, stone pillars of almost the same appearance emerged in a variety that cannot be found anywhere else in this form or in such concentration. Although many have long since disappeared, fallen over, smashed, there are still many. The name “Stiftlandsäulen” was used for these pillars in the population.
Unfortunately, there is very little literature on these pillars, but it is assumed that they are so-called emblems of the Waldsassen monastery, or are even boundary symbols of the monastery area.
But as long as it is not possible to provide archival evidence for the claim that the so-called abbey pillars are sovereign or border symbols of the Waldsassen monastery, it must be assumed that it is a locally limited type of baroque martyrs.Source: Extract from Franz Busl's home research
April 23, 2020
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