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52. St. Nicholas of Bari
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St. Nicholas of Bari
Born - 15 March 270
Died - 6 December 343

Feastday - 6 December

Statue Installed - c. 1703
On 11 January 1703 Canusi agreed to execute the statue and was given until 18 June.

Sculptor - Fabio Canusi
He was given a payment of 80 scudi which was received by Giovanni Maria Baratta.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saints right hand is raised in a gesture of blessing.  His left, in accordance with the Eastern tradition, holds a book.

Nicholas was Bishop of Myra (modern-day Turkey). He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, a practice celebrated on his feast day, and thus became the model for Santa Claus. The Roman Martyrology states that he is famous for his sanctity, and for the power of his intercession before the throne of grace.


Saints on North Colonnade
Constantinian Wing

53. Nicholas of Tolentino
52. Nicholas of Bari

51. Martina
50. Susanna

Saints on North Colonnade
Constantinian Wing

 53. Nicholas of Tolentino

52. Nicholas of Bari


Roma Sacra - San Pietro in Vaticano, Itineraries 21-22, ©Fabbrica of St. Peter's, July 2001
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