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57: Ascension of Three Saints

East gallery, capital 57, west face. This capital depicts the martyrdom of Saints Fructueux, Augure and Euloge (Fructuosus, Augurius and Eulogius). Saint Fructuosus was the first bishop of Tarragon and he was martyred along with his deacons Augurius and Eulogius by burning in 259 AD. Legend has it that after their ropes burned away, they spread their arms in memory of the crucifixion. This part of the capital shows the three saints in a mandorla, representing their ascension to heaven.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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