Location on North Colonnade

17. St. Benedict
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

Location Area
North Colonnade - Curved Arm

The Square

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Colonnade Saints
Floorplan #2

The History

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St. Benedict
Born - c. 480 in Nursia, Italy
Died - 22 March 543 in Monte Cassino

Feastday - 11 July

Sculptor - unknown
The statue has a rather crude style and is not attributed to any known sculptor active on the north arm of the colonnade.

Statue created - c. 1667-1668
The statue was installed between May 1667 and July 1668.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint dressed in a monastic cowl, and raises his left hand, which perhaps originally held an object. His right hand holds a book, which alludes to his 'Rule'.

Benedict founded twelve communities for monks at Subiaco, Italy, before moving to Monte Cassino.  He wrote the 'Rule of St Benedict", containing precepts for his monks. He is known as the patriarch of the monks of the West, and is honored as a patron saint of Europe and students.

18. Bernard and 17. Benedict


17. Benedict and 16. Ignatius Loyola

 17. Benedict, 16. Ignatius Loyola,
15. Remigius, 14. Apollonia, 13. Balbina

Saints on the North Colonnade
(24) - (13)




Roma Sacra - San Pietro in Vaticano, Itineraries 21-22, ©Fabbrica of St. Peter's, July 2001
Le Statue Berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro by Valentino Martinelli ©1987 by de Luca Editore


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