Location on North Colonnade

7. St. Elizabeth of Portugal
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

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St. Elizabeth of Portugal - Queen
Born - 1271, Kingdom of Aragon
Died -  4 July 1336, Kingdom of Portugal

Feastday - 4 July
Canonized - 25 May 1625 by Pope Urban VIII

Statue created - c.1667-68
This statue is one of the group of sixteen erected between July and December 1668.

Sculptor -
Lazzaro Morelli

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The statue of St Elizabeth is closely allied in terms of iconography and formality with those of St Clare and St Catherine of Siena. These show the artist Morelli modeling a wide range of moves with large expansive folds.

St Elizabeth was married to King Diniz. Named after her great-aunt St Elizabeth of Hungary, she dedicated her life to the poor, establishing orphanages and homeless shelters. She is shown dressed as a nun, because as a widow she lived as a Franciscan tertiary at a Poor Clare convent at Coimbra.

Saints Agatha and Elizabeth

Saints Elizabeth and Albert

North Colonnade Saints
Clair, Ursula, Agatha, Elizabeth, Albert




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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