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France
Villers-sur-Mer
Calvados

Basse-Normandie

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
(Wikipedia)

19th century

Villers-sur-Mer /  Saint Martin   Villers-sur-Mer /  Saint Martin

Description

Stone relief in the tympan of the main porch of the church showing Saint Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar.

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.

Tags

Location N 49°19'14" W 0°0'23"

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