Location on North Colonnade

50. St. Susanna
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St. Susanna - Virgin and Martyr
Died - Third century Rome

Feastday - 11 August

Statue created - c.1702-1703

Sculptor - Alessandro Rondoni
On 18 July 1702, he undertook to deliver the statue by that date of the following year.  During this time he received payment of 80 scudi.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
Her left hand holds the palm of martyrdom

Susanna is said to have been the daughter of St Gabinus, and was beheaded by command of Diocletian, in her father's house, which was turned into a church.

The Roman Martyrology states that in the sixth century a basilica near the baths of Diocletian was dedicated in her name. She was anciently publicly celebrated as a martyr.


Saints on North Colonnade
Constantinian Wing

  53. Nicholas of Tolentino
52. Nicholas of Bari
51. Martina
50. Susanna

Saints on North Colonnade
Constantinian Wing

Susanna - Far Right

Sistine Chapel in background


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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