Baroque statue of Saint Helen holding a cross in the gardens of the Festetics Palace (1745) in Keszthely, Hungary
Contributor:DE ROCKER / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:3840 x 5760 px | 32.5 x 48.8 cm | 12.8 x 19.2 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:27 August 2016
Location:Festetics Palace, Helikon Castle Museum, Kastély street 1, 8360 Keszthely, Zala, Hungary, Europe
Helena, St. Helena, or St. Helen (c. 250 - c. 330), was a Greek native from the Greek city of Drepana in the province of Bithynia in Asia Minor. She became the consort of the Roman Emperor Constantius Chlorus and the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great. She is an important figure in the history of Christianity and the world due to her major influence on her son and her own contribution in placing Christianity at the heart of Western Civilization. She is traditionally credited with a pilgrimage to Syria Palaestina, particularly to Jerusalem, during which she is claimed to have discovered the True Cross. She is revered as a saint by the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church, and the Anglican Communion, and the Lutheran Church commemorates her.