Happy St George’s Day

Carving of St George killing the dragon

Today is St George’s day, the day of the patron saint of England.

But who was Saint George?

The legends say that George was a Roman soldier of Greek descent in what is now Turkey, in the 3rd century. At this time the Roman Empire still believed in the old gods, and George was killed for being a Christian.

His remains are said to be buried in the Church of St George in Lod, in Israel.

A much later legend says that George saved a city in Libya by spearing a dragon that was threatening the city. As a result, the entire city became Christian.

St George is a very popular saint, being also the patron saint of the country of Georgia, Malta, Portugal, the region of Aragon in Spain, Rio de Janeiro, Ethiopia, Beirut, Moscow and many other places.

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