Six Thousand Six Hundred And Sixty-Six Men

Six Thousand Six Hundred And Sixty-Six Men

Imperia is not a very large city in Italy but it has an unbelievably large church.

The church, the Parrocchia Di Santa Maurizio, is named after Saint Maurice who was the leader of the roman Theban Legion. They had converted to christianity and thus were martyred for their beliefs. All six thousand six hundred and sixty-six men.

They weren't actually martyred in Imperia but in Agaunum, which is a town in Switzerland since named Saint Maurice-en-Valais. It's a few hundred kilometres north of Imperia, close to the French-Swiss border.

The brutal part, you know, besides the wholesale slaughter of thousands of men, is that the legion was stationed in Egypt and were sent all the way across the Mediterranean to invade Gaul. In Wikipedia, it says “ordered to march to Gaul”. I'm seriously hoping there was a boat ride across the water because that's a hell of a long way around.

At some point, they converted and, because of that, they were killed. Sacrificed to the Emperor.

Now, about that church. It really is incredibly large considering the size of the city it is in but it is undeniably beautiful. You can get an idea of that from this photograph of the interior of the dome.

It kind of takes my breath away.

My other photographs of Liguria, Italy can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type: 10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Focal Length: 10 mm
35mm Focal Length: 15 mm
Exposure: 25 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 100


Taken: 2012-08-23 19:34:54
Posted: 2013-03-20 | 00:12





Six Thousand Six Hundred And Sixty-Six Men

Six Thousand Six Hundred And Sixty-Six Men

Imperia is not a very large city in Italy but it has an unbelievably large church.

The church, the Parrocchia Di Santa Maurizio, is named after Saint Maurice who was the leader of the roman Theban Legion. They had converted to christianity and thus were martyred for their beliefs. All six thousand six hundred and sixty-six men.

They weren't actually martyred in Imperia but in Agaunum, which is a town in Switzerland since named Saint Maurice-en-Valais. It's a few hundred kilometres north of Imperia, close to the French-Swiss border.

The brutal part, you know, besides the wholesale slaughter of thousands of men, is that the legion was stationed in Egypt and were sent all the way across the Mediterranean to invade Gaul. In Wikipedia, it says “ordered to march to Gaul”. I'm seriously hoping there was a boat ride across the water because that's a hell of a long way around.

At some point, they converted and, because of that, they were killed. Sacrificed to the Emperor.

Now, about that church. It really is incredibly large considering the size of the city it is in but it is undeniably beautiful. You can get an idea of that from this photograph of the interior of the dome.

It kind of takes my breath away.

My other photographs of Liguria, Italy can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type: 10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Focal Length: 10 mm
35mm Focal Length: 15 mm
Exposure: 25 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 100


Taken: 2012-08-23 19:34:54
Posted: 2013-03-20 | 00:12


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