Location on North Colonnade

11. St. Olympias
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

Location Area


The Square

Vatican City

Colonnade Saints
Floorplan #2

The History

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St. Olympias
Born - 361
Died - 25 July 408 at Nicomedia

Feastday - 25 July (previous 17 December)

Statue Installed - 1667-1668

Sculptor - Giovanni Maria De Rossi
There are similarities with other sculptures in this area (8, 12, 13, 15, 16, 30, 38) that allow attribution to De Rossi.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint is dressed in classical robes with her left hand raised.

She was a noble widow of Constantinople who was a friend of St John Chrysostom. Her charitable works include building a hospital and orphanage attached to the church of St Sofia. Her support for John Chrysostom led to her being exiled from Constantinople in 404.

Saints 12. Lucy and 11. Olympias

Saints 11. Olympias and 10. Clare

Saints - 14. Apollonia, 13. Balbina,
12. Lucy, 11. Olympias, 10. Clare

North Colonnade Saints
From Left - 16 to 6





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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