Thursday, July 6, 2017

Figure 51

St. Polycarp Roman Catholic Church, Izmir Turkey
© 2017 David E. Graves
Painting of the martyrdom of Polycarp on the ceiling of the St. Polycarp Roman Catholic Church, the oldest Catholic Church in Izmir. He was burned to death after refusing to deny Christ, saying “86 years I have served Him and He never did me any injury, how then can I blaspheme my King and my Savior?” (Mart. Pol. 9:5). Permission to build a chapel to Polycarp was granted in 1520 by Suleyman the Magnificent, sultan of the Ottoman Empire 1520–1566.

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