Third century AD

Abbey St-Maurice Keystone

Saint Maurice was said to be the leader of the Christian Roman Theban Legion in the third century. According to legend, his legion was called to Gaul to assist the emperor. However, when ordered to harass some local Christians, the troops refused and the Roman emperor ordered their execution. The place where this supposedly occurred is now St Maurice-en-Valais, site of the abbey of the same name and home to the saint's relics.

This content was published on August 24, 2007 - 10:13
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