Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Headless One

The headless carved figure shown here is Saint Denis, the first bishop of Paris, who met his death around 273 A.D. After Roman soldiers tortured Denis near the present site of Notre-Dame and then decapitated him in Montmartre, the martyred saint astonished one and all by picking up his head and walking northward almost four miles until he collapsed on the site now marked by the cathedral that bears his name.

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