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Crkva Sv. Eufemije (Church of St. Euphemia)

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  • Rovinj
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Published 05/20/2009

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Inside this 18th-century Baroque church, the remains of Rovinj's patron saint are said to lie within a 6th-century sarcophagus. Born near Constantinople, Euphemia was martyred in her youth, on September 16 in AD 304, under the reign of Emperor Diocletian. The marble sarcophagus containing her remains mysteriously vanished in AD 800 when it was at risk of destruction by iconoclasts—and, legend has it, it somehow floated out to sea and washed up in faraway Rovinj. (Note the wall engraving just to the right of the entrance of St. Euphemia holding Rovinj in her arms.) On September 16 of each year many people gather to pray by her tomb. In the church a large mural in the sarcophagus room portrays Euphemia being picked at by two lions who, legend has it, didn't eat her after all.

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Trg Sv. Eufemije, Rovinj, Istarska, 52210, Croatia

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Sight Details:

  • Church free, campanile 20 Kn
  • Closed Nov.–May

Published 05/20/2009


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