Location on South Colonnade

113. St. Martin I
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

Location Area
South Curved Arm

The Square

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Colonnade Saints
Floorplan #2

The History

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Saints 22-44
Saints 45-70
Saints 71-96
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St. Martin I - Pope and Martyr
Papacy began - 21 July 649
Died - 16 September 655

Statue created - c.1668-1670
The statue is part of a group of 16 installed between May 1669 and August 1670.

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
Morelli carved this statue as part of a homogeneous group which includes numbers (111) to (115)

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint is shown holding his vestments, and the palm of martyrdom with his right hand.  He lays the other hand on his chest.

St Martin summoned the Lateran Council of 649 to deal with the Monothelites. He was actually kidnapped from the Lateran Basilica by the exarch at Ravenna acting under the orders of  Emperor Constans II.  After imprisonment at Constantinople he was sent to the Crimea, where he died of ill-treatment.


Saints on South Colonnade
Curved Arm

114. Sylvester 

113. Martin

112. Marcellus

After 2014 Restoration

Saints on South Colonnade
Curved Arm


The Book of Saints, 2002 Edited by Dom Basil Watkins, OSB
Le Statue Berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro by Valentino Martinelli 1987 by de Luca Editore s.t.l.


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