Location on South Colonnade

133. St. John of Matha
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

Location Area
South Colonnade - Curved Arm

The Square

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Colonnade Saints
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St. John of Matha
Born - 23 June 1160
Died - 17 December 1213 in Rome

Feastday - 17 December

Statue created - c.1672-1673
The statue is part of the group of 16 installed between August 1670 and March 1673.

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint is dressed in the habit of the Trinitarians, which he founded, characterized by the emblem of the cross. He holds in his left hand a chain, which alludes to the redemption of prisoners, for which he worked during his lifetime. 

St John of Matha was the founder of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity, which was dedicated to ransoming captive Christians.


Saints on South Colonnade
After 2014 Restoration

133. John of Matha

132. Romuald

131. Joseph


Saints on South Colonnade

133. John of Matha

132. Romuald

131. Joseph

130. Peter Nolasco

129. Paul - First Hermit


The Book of Saints, ©2002 Edited by Dom Basil Watkins, OSB
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