Saint Martin-symbol of Mukachevo

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On the coat of arms of the second largest city of Transcarpathia, the image of St. Martin, who gives the poor half of his cloak. This Catholic the Saint, Archbishop of tours, was born in 316 or 317 in Savaria, which was located in the Roman province of Pannonia (modern Hungary). According to the legend, Martin’s father did not want his son to become Christian a monk, and insisted on a military career for him. So Martin came to Gaul (modern France), where he served as an officer. One winter, he saw a poor man freezing to death. Martin tore his cloak into two equal parts and gave half of it to the stranger. So it is not for nothing that Saint Martin is considered the patron Saint of beggars. He is also considered a defender against drunkenness and poverty. He also went down in history as the founder of the chaplaincy.

This Saint is one of the most popular in medieval Western Europe, and thousands of churches in Sweden, Poland, and Austria are dedicated to him, Germans,Franciums. The main Roman-Catholic Church Mukachevo also bears his name. In Germany and France, Martin is considered the national patron Saint. In the Catholic and Protestant churches of St. Martin vshanovuut 11 leaf fall, and Orthodox Christians-12 Zhovtnya.

Recently, on March 03, 2019 in Mukachevo opened a huge chotirohmetroviy memorial to Saint Martin, the authors of which were sculptors Stepan Fedorin and Nikolai Gurmak. The huge 33-ton monument is located on the Central square of Cyril and Methodius and is dedicated to the 1700th anniversary of the birth of Saint Martin.

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