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Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris, France — by Sandra Ruehlow. Details of Notre Dame Cathedral including St. Denis who is still carrying his head.

Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris, France — by Sandra R

Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris, France — by Sandra Ruehlow. Details of Notre Dame Cathedral including St. Denis who is still carrying his head.

After the fall of the executioner's ax, it is said that the martyred St. Denis carried his own head six miles while preaching a sermon, before finally collapsing.  Here, St. Denis, the patron saint of France, is potrayed holding his head at the Portal of the Virgin, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

After the fall of the executioner's ax, it is said that the martyred St. Denis carried his own head six miles while preaching a sermon, before finally collapsing. Here, St. Denis, the patron saint of France, is potrayed holding his head at the Portal of the Virgin, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

St. Denis is the patron saint of Paris. He’s the one holding his head. He’s flanked by angels on the side of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. According to Christian tradition, he was decapitated by Romans around 250 CE, then walked for 6 miles, preaching a sermon the entire way.

St. Denis is the patron saint of Paris. He’s the one holding his head. He’s flanked by angels on the side of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. According to Christian tradition, he was decapitated by Romans around 250 CE, then walked for 6 miles, preaching a sermon the entire way.

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, KY, USA. The exterior was modeled on Notre Dame de Paris; the interior was modeled on St. Denis.

Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. Located in Covington, Kentucky this Cathedral was finished in 1915 and is "guarded" by 26 gargoyles that were carved in Italy.

cathédrale de notre dame de paris - Bing Images

cathédrale de notre dame de paris - Bing Images

Notre Dame Cathedral: St. Denis.  Strange gesture of the angel trying to comfort the Saint holding his own head.

First bishop of paris, Saint Dennis martyred by being decapitated. After losing his head he got up and walked 10 kilometers with his head and handed it to a Christian woman then collapsed.

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