HD photographs of Saint Denis statue at Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris - Page 1145

While we were at the Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, we took these high definition photos showing a statue of Saint Denis, which was sculpted by Louis Desprez.

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Pillar with Saint Denis statue, Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois, Paris
This first HD photo shows three of the statues depicting saints that are located on one of the pillars of the Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois, which were produced in stone during the major restoration of this historical Catholic church in the 1800s.
Saint Denis holding head in his hand statue by Louis Desprez
Yet here you can see the statue of Saint Denis, and you will notice that this has been sculpted by Louis Desprez as though the saint is holding his head in his hands, and according to legend, when Denis was martyred he picked up his head and walked with it still preaching before he finally died.

And Louis Desprez produced this statue in stone during the years 1841 and 1842, along with many of the other saints and bishops that are located on the Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois Church, yet this French sculptor also received numerous other commissions and orders from the state for statues on other tourist attractions like the Palais du Louvre, Eglise de la Madeleine and Tour Saint Jacques.
St Denis Ev de Paris inscribed on stone statue base
Now this close up photograph shows the pedestal base of the statue with an inscription that states St Denis Ev de Paris, and the Ev is short for Eveque, which in English translates to Bishop, and Saint Denis was the first Bishop of Paris who went to the city in the 3rd century to convert people to Christianity, and so effective, the non Cristian priests imprisoned him.

Saint Denis was beheaded along with two of his companions on the highest hill in Paris just after 250AD, that became called Montmartre, which translates as Mountain of the Martyr, and in the Roman Catholic Church he is venerated as the Patron Saint of Paris and in Catholic tradition is honoured as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and a Christian Martyr.

The death of Saint Denis has been celebrated since around 800, if not earlier, yet it was not until 1568 that Pope Pius V added his feast day to the Roman Calendar, which is a traditional Christian way of associating a day to celebrate a saint or martyr within the liturgical year, and along with his two companions the feast day for Saint Denis is 9th October.

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