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Breastsless Agatha

29 October 2008

Author : jeanne-salome-rochat

Gallipoli (Greek: Kallipolis (Καλλίπολις), meaning “Beautiful City”) is a town of 21,200 inhabitants in the province of Lecce, in Apulia, southern Italy. Gallipoli is known as the “Ionian pearl”. Its most important monuments are the Angioinian Castle, the St. Agatha Cathedral and the Greek fountain.

Saint Agatha of Sicily or Saint Agatha is a Christian saint. She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin Mary, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. According to variations of her legend, having rejected the amorous advances of a Roman prefect, she was persecuted by him for her Christian faith. Among the tortures she underwent was the cutting off of her breasts. She is therefore often depicted iconographically carrying her excised breasts on a platter.
The shape of her amputated breasts, especially as depicted in artistic renderings, gave rise to her attribution as the patron saint of bell-founders and as the patron saint of bakers. More recently, she has been venerated as patron saint of breast cancer patients.
Her scorned admirer eventually sentenced her to death by being burnt at the stake. However, she was saved from this fate by a mysterious earthquake.
She later died in prison.

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