Saint Foy

Treasury of the Church of St. Foy, Conques, France

The palm branch in the figure's left hand is the conventional attribute of a martyr. Attributes specific to St. Foy are the gridiron, the sword, and the crown. In her legend she was tortured on a gridiron and then beheaded with a sword. The crown is another generic symbol of martyrdom, but here it refers specifically to a vision in which the leader of the local Christians saw a dove placing a crown on the saint's head.

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