Saturday, August 25, 2018


Earlier than the tenth century and maybe built on an ancient temple dedicated to Neptune
Restored in 1072 for Alexander II (1061/73)
Rebuilt 1730 by Giovanni Antonio Perfetti (?/1754)
Dedicated to the saint from Sabaste, modern Sivas in Turkey. In the fourth century AD it was part of Armenia

According to tradition, St. Blaise was martyred in 316 AD, although this date contrasts with the Edict of Constantine (306/337) which had proclaimed freedom of worship in 313. Perhaps he was the victim of local persecutions carried out at the behest of Licinius (306/324), who was co-emperor first and rival of Constantine later
Before being beheaded he was tortured with iron combs used for carding wool
He is the protector of diseases of the throat for one of his miracles: he saved a child who was choking on a fish bone
Armenian national church from the sixteenth century when Armenian priests, every 3 February, feast day of the saint, used to distribute here small loaves of blessed bread

Renovated in 1832 by Filippo Navone (active first half of the nineteenth century) who raised the floor and built a semicircular apse as well as the arch on the two Ionic columns
CEILING rebuilt in 1933
Reliquary with throat fragment of St. Blaise
“St. Gregory baptizes Tiridates III, the first Christian king of Armenia” by an anonymous of the nineteenth-century moved here in 1832 from the church of S. Mary of Egypt built in the Temple of Portunus
Armenia was the first nation to adopt Christianity and declare it as state religion in 301

“Miracle of St. Blaise who saves the child choking on a fish bone” by an eighteenth-century anonymous artist
On the right “St. Blaise child” and on the left “St. Blaise supported by an angel” by an anonymous artist of the nineteenth-century

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