Location on North Colonnade

23. St. Ephraim
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

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The History

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St. Ephraim
Born - c 306 in Nisbis, Syria
Died - 9 June 378

Statue Installed - c 1662-1667
Part of a group of 24 statues installed between September 1662 and March 1667

Sculptor - unknown
Though unknown, the artist is also attributed the statues of St Macrina (21) and St Fausta (35).

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint looks into a book that he holds with his left hand.  The right hand holds a palm.

A Syriac deacon, hymnographer and theologian,  the open book in his left hand is an attribute for being proclaimed Doctor of the Church on 5 October 1920 by Pope Benedict XV.



Saints on North Colonnade
Above the Entrance
Ephraim and Theodosia

Alexander VII Coat of Arms

Saints on North Colonnade

From Apostolic Palace
To Obelisk

Saints (38) to (13)


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


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