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St. Stephen Martyr - Washington, D.C.
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N 38° 54.199 W 077° 03.175
18S E 321984 N 4308050
Quick Description: This statue of St. Stephen is located on the side of the St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., USA.
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 7/2/2011 6:03:57 PM
Waymark Code: WMBXWT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
This statue of St. Stephen is about 10 feet high but appears taller because it is mounted up on the side of the St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church. The church and its statue are located in the Foggy Bottom area of Washington, D.C.


"Standing figure of St. Stephen turned slightly facing front is installed on a rectangular base attached to an exterior wall of the church. In his proper left hand he holds a scroll against his chest. With his proper right hand, he gathers up his robe creating a pocket which he has filled with food. The proper right sleeve of his robe is torn off."

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"Saint Stephen, the protomartyr of Christianity, is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox Churches.

Saint Stephen's name is derived from the Greek Stephanos, meaning "crown". Traditionally, Stephen is invested with a crown of martyrdom for Christianity; he is often depicted in art with three stones and the martyrs' palm. In Eastern Christian iconography, he is shown as a young beardless man with a tonsure, wearing a deacon's vestments, and often holding a miniature church building or a censer. Rembrandt depicted his martyrdom in his work The Stoning of Saint Stephen.


According to The Acts of the Apostles Stephen was tried by the Sanhedrin for blasphemy against Moses and God (Acts 6:11) and speaking against the Temple and the Law (Acts 6:13-14). While on trial, he experienced a theophany in which he saw both God the Father and God the Son:

"Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God." (Acts 7:56)

Acts 6-7 describe his trial. He was stoned to death (c. A.D. 34–35) by an infuriated mob encouraged by Saul of Tarsus.[2] Stephen's final speech was presented as accusing the Jews of persecuting prophets who spoke out against their sins:

"Which one of the Prophets did your fathers not persecute, and they killed the ones who prophesied the coming of the Just One, of whom now, too, you have become betrayers and murderers." (7:52)"

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TITLE: St. Stephen Martyr

ARTIST(S): Felix George Weihs De Weldon

DATE: Designed 1960. Installed May 1961. Dedication June 16, 1961.

MEDIUM: Sculpture: polychrome porcelain; Base: possibly painted concrete.


Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church 2436 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20037

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