Location on North Colonnade

5. St. Thecla
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

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North Curved Arm

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St Thecla on the north colonnade in St Peter's Square


St Thecla
Born - 30 AD
Died - First century

Feastday - 23 September

Sculptor - unknown
This statue is not attributed to any sculptor in the Bernini studio, but is known for its classical beauty, and especially for it type of drapery called "bagnato" (wet).

Statue installed - c.1666

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
She holds a palm of martyrdom with her left arm.

A reputed pupil of the Apostle Paul, who is the heroine of the apocryphal "Acts of Paul and Thecla".

Due to a lack of historical information she was removed from the Roman Martyrology, 2001.

Saints Thecla and Vitalis on the north colonnade in St Peter's Square

Saints 5. Thecla and 4. Vitale

Sts. Tecla, Vitalis, Petronilla & Leonard on the north colonnade in St Peter's Square

Sts. 5. Thecla, 4. Vitale, 3. Petronilla, 2.Leonard






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 s.t.l.


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