Statues - Hither & Thither

France
Saint-Martin
Bas-Rhin

Alsace

Rue de l'Église
(Église Saint Martin)

Saint Martin

Savaria, Pannonia (now Szombathely, Hungary), 316 - Candes-Saint-Martin, Gaul 397
3rd Bishop of Tours. Around his name much legendary material accrued and he has become one of the most familiar and recognizable Christian saints
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Description

Image of Saint Martin made from thin metal plates coloured in various colours. The coat of arms is unknown to us.

Annotation

In the church is a stained glass window showing Saint Martin. The window is made Ott Frères of Strasbourg in 1921.

Saint-Martin - Saint Martin

Saint Martin and the Beggar

Saint Martin is often depicted as a man on horseback sharing his cloak with a beggar. While Martin was still a soldier in the Roman army and deployed in Gaul (modern day France), he experienced the vision that became the most-repeated story about his life. One day as he was approaching the gates of the city of Amiens he met a scantily clad beggar. He impulsively cut his own military cloak in half and shared it with the beggar. That night, Martin dreamed of Jesus wearing the half-cloak he had given away. He heard Jesus say to the angels: "Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptized; he has clad me." In another story, when Martin woke, his cloak was restored. The dream confirmed Martin in his piety, and he was baptized at the age of 18.

Sculptor

Tags

Location N 48°20'59" E 7°17'27"

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