Τhe sarcophagus of St. Helen in the Vatican City

Τhe sarcophagus of St. Helen in the Vatican City

Helena died around 330 AD, with her son at her side. She was buried, outside Rome on the Via Labicana. Her sarcophagus is on display in the Pio-Clementine Vatican Museum, although the connection is often questioned.

Helena’s sarcophagus in the Museo Pio-Clementino 

Αn Empress of the Roman Empire, and mother of Emperor Constantine the Great. Born outside of the noble classes, a Greek, possibly in the Greek city of Drepana, Bithynia in Asia Minor, she became the consort of the future Roman Emperor Constantius Chlorus and the mother of the future Emperor Constantine the Great.

Saint Helena ranks as an important figure in the history of Christianity and of the world due to her influence on her son. In her final years, she made a religious tour of Syria Palaestina and Jerusalem, during which ancient tradition claims that she discovered the True Cross. The Orthodox Church and Catholic Church revere her as a saint.


Featured Image: Helena of Constantinople by Cima da Conegliano, 1495 (National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.) / Image: via Wikipedia

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