Location on North Colonnade

32. St. Didymus
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

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North Colonnade - Curved Arm

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St. Didymus
Died 304 in Alexandria, Egypt

Statue carved - 1667-1668
Part of a group of 16 statues made between May 1667 and July 1668.  

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
Didymus shows similarities with St Marcian (29), and his face denotes an affinity with St Vitalis (4).

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
Didymus is represented with armour and a long cloak that wraps over his left arm. His right hand is holding the palm of martyrdom.

The story is told of Sts Didymus and Theodora. She was a young Christian girl of Alexandria in Egypt, during the time of Diocletian, who was sentenced to be a slave in a brothel. Didymus came to her rescue while still a pagan soldier. This led to his conversion and the two were martyred together.

Scholars thought this legend might be based on a genuine event, but because of lack of historical data, they have been removed from the Roman Martyrology 2001.

Saints on North Colonnade

34. Candida

33. Apollonius
32. Didymus

31. Marinus

30. Eusignius

Saints on North Colonnade

  38. Malchus
37. Benignus
36. Barbara
35. Fausta
34. Candida
33. Apollonius
32. Didymus
31. Marinus
30. Eusignius


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