St Thecla / Sv. Tekla - Jemcina, Czeche Republic
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vraatja
N 49° 06.033 E 014° 51.858
33U E 490094 N 5438642
Quick Description: Baroque statue of St Thecla at road from Jemcina to Hatín (South Bohemia)
Location: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 8/6/2013 11:23:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMHR0A
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 47

Long Description:
At a road running through a forest from Jemcina to Hatín (South Bohemia) one can find Baroque statue of St Thecla. The statue can be dated, according to Latin chronogram on a pedestal of the statue, to 1772. She is depicted here as a woman staring rapturously toward heaven and surrounded by wild beasts at her feet.

St Thecla

Thecla was a saint of the early Christian Church, and a reported follower of Paul the Apostle. The earliest record of her life comes from the ancient apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla. According to the popular second century tale she was a native of Iconomium who was so impressed by the preaching of St. Paul on virginity that she broke off her engagement to marry Thamyris to live a life of virginity. Paul was ordered to be scourged and banished from the city for his teaching, and Thecla was ordered burned to death. When a storm providentially extinguished the flames, she escaped with Paul and went with him to Antioch. There she was condemned to wild beasts in the arena when she violently resisted the attempt of Syriarch Alexander to kidnap her, but again escaped when the beasts did no harm to her. She rejoined Paul at Myra in Lycia, dressed as a boy, and was commissioned by him to preach the Gospel. She did for a time in Iconium and then became a recluse in a cave at Meriamlik near Seleucia. She lived as a hermitess there for the next seventy-two years and died there (or in Rome, where she was miraculously transported when she found that Paul had died and was later buried near his tomb). The tale had tremendous popularity in the early Church but is undoubtedly a pious fiction and was labeled apocryphal by St. Jerome. Her feast day is September 23.

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Associated Religion(s): Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Churches

Statue Location: in a forest, at the road from Jemčina to Hatín (South Bohemia)

Entrance Fee: free

Artist: Not listed

Website: Not listed

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