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Sankt Martin in Kempen

Saint Martin

Savaria, Pannonia (now Szombathely, Hungary), 316 - Candes-Saint-Martin, Gaul 397
3rd Bishop of Tours. Around his name much legendary material accrued and he has become one of the most familiar and recognizable Christian saints
Michael Franke
Bronzegiesserei Butzon & Becker (Kevelaer)

Kempen /  Sankt Martin in Kempen   Kempen /  Sankt Martin in Kempen


Bronze sculpture group, showing children with torches and Martin' 'bloese'.

Information Sign

Nach einer Idee des St.-Martin-Verein Kempen e.V.
mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch:
Stiftung Natur-Kultur Kreis Viersen/Sparkasse Krefeld
Werbering Kempen
Verkehrsverein Kempen
Ausführung: Bildhauer Michael Franke, Erkelenz
Bronzeguss: Butzon & Bercker, Kevelaer
Sankt Martin 2004

Saint Martin and the Beggar

Saint Martin is often depicted as a man on horseback sharing his cloak with a beggar. While Martin was still a soldier in the Roman army and deployed in Gaul (modern day France), he experienced the vision that became the most-repeated story about his life. One day as he was approaching the gates of the city of Amiens he met a scantily clad beggar. He impulsively cut his own military cloak in half and shared it with the beggar. That night, Martin dreamed of Jesus wearing the half-cloak he had given away. He heard Jesus say to the angels: "Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptized; he has clad me." In another story, when Martin woke, his cloak was restored. The dream confirmed Martin in his piety, and he was baptized at the age of 18.


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Location (N 51°21'50" - E 6°25'5")

Item Code: denw043; Photograph: 6 August 2009
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