The cast iron statue of Joseph II, on a high, richly-profile, four-cornered base, bears the inscription “Joseph II”. On the scroll in his hand you can read the dedication, “Saluti et solatio aegrorum” (“For the healing and care of the sick”).The monument was donated by Camill Lederer, a Viennese doctor and father-in-law of writer Ferdinand von Saar, and put up on August 16, 1884. The General Hospital had been opened 100 years previously but an official centenary celebration was not held. The monument was produced as part of a series in the Salm iron foundry in Blansko, Moravia. Further iron casts were erected between 1880 and 1890 in Varnsdorf, Poysdorf, Groß Siegharts, Pressbaum, Ybbs and Drösing.
Photo: Gerhard Sindelar, 2017