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#5920: 55: Martyrdom of St. Saturnin

Photo 5920: 55: Martyrdom of St. Saturnin - Moissac Abbey

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5920
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55: Martyrdom of St. Saturnin
Caption
East gallery, capital 55, west face. Martyrdom of St. Saturnin, the first bishop of nearby Toulouse (c.250 AD). There was a Capitoline temple in the city center, whose oracle began to fail. The pagan priests attributed this to Saturnin's presence and, after refusing to sacrifice to pagan idols, he was dragged to death by a bull down the streets of Toulouse. The south face of this capital presumably shows his condemnation by the pagan priests, while the north face shows him dragged by the bull with his head being smashed on the steps of the Capitoline temple on the east face. The west face depicts the saint in a mandorla, ascending to heaven.
Geotag
44.105434° N, 1.084750° E
Uploaded
June 2, 2010
Camera
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
ISO
200