Saint Paul the Hermit

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St. Mark's Basilica, Venice

The saint is identified both by the inscription above and by his cloak made of plaited palm leaves. The necklace of beads, with a cross hanging from it, could have been influenced by images of Paul with prayer beads.

It is unusual to show Paul standing on a pillar. He spent his adult life in a cave.

The inscription reads S[AN]C[TU]S PAULUS PRIMUS HEREMITA, "Saint Paul the First Hermit."

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Photographed at the basilica by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.