Location on North Colonnade

44. St. Catherine
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

Location Area - Coat of Arms
 Over Bronze Door

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Colonnade Saints
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St. Catherine of Alexandria
Died - c. Early Fourth Century

Feastday - 25 November

Statue created - c. 1662-1665
One of the 24 installed between September 1662 and March 1665

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
This statue is so akin to St Agnes (43) as to leave no doubt about the identity of the sculptor.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
Catherine is dressed in a tunic with a crown on her head. On her right, she leans against a wheel, a symbol of her martyrdom.  Her left hand holds a scroll, the right holds the trunk of the palm of martyrdom.

The Roman Martyrology mentions the tradition that she was involved in philosophical discussions (which explains the scroll that she holds) at Alexandria in Egypt, and that she was enshrined at her monastery in the Sinai.

Saints on North Colonnade

45. Justin

44. Catherine


Saints on North Colonnade
Above Entrance to Bronze Doors

Catherine and Agnes flank
the Alexander VII Coat of Arms


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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