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46 Facts About St George
St George went on to become a soldier for the Roman army, but, because of his Christian faith, he was arrested and tortured, "at or near Lydda, called Diospolis"; on the following day, he was paraded and then beheaded, and his body was buried in Lydda.
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St George's body was buried in Lydda, where Christians soon came to honour him as a martyr.
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St George's martyrdom was greatly extended to more than twenty separate tortures over the course of seven years.
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When St George finally died, the wicked Dacian was carried away in a whirlwind of fire.
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St George was apparently martyred there, at the end of the third or the beginning of the fourth century; that is all that can be reasonably surmised about him.
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Bishop St George was slain by Gentile Greeks for exacting onerous taxes, especially inheritance taxes.
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St George adds that: "the connection of St George with a dragon-slaying legend does not relegate him to the region of the myth".
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St George is included in some Muslim texts as a prophetic figure.
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St George is described as a rich merchant who opposed erection of Apollo's statue by Mosul's king Dadan.
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St George is able to convert the queen but she is put to death.
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St George then prays to God to allow him to die, which is granted.
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St George was killed many times by the king of Mosul, and resurrected each time.
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The first description of Lydda as a pilgrimage site where St George's relics were venerated is De Situ Terrae Sanctae bythe archdeacon Theodosius, written between 518 and 530.
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St George did not rise to the position of "patron saint" of England until the 14th century, and he was still obscured by Edward the Confessor, the traditional patron saint of England, until in 1552 during the reign of Edward VI all saints' banners other than St George's were abolished in the English Reformation.
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St George is renowned throughout the Middle East, as both saint and prophet.
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Saint St George is the patron saint of Lebanese Christians, Palestinian Christians, and Syrian Christians.
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St George is described as a prophetic figure in Islamic sources.
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St George is venerated by some Christians and Muslims because of his composite personality combining several biblical, Quranic and other ancient mythical heroes.
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St George killed the dragon in this country; and the place is shown close to Beyroot.
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The Arabs believe that George can restore mad people to their senses, and to say a person has been sent to St George's is equivalent to saying he has been sent to a madhouse.
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St George is very much honoured by the Eastern Orthodox Church, wherein he is referred to as a "Great Martyr", and in Oriental Orthodoxy overall.
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St George is a highly celebrated saint in both the Western and Eastern Christian churches, and many Patronages of Saint St George exist throughout the world.
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St George is the patron saint of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church; George slaying the dragon is one of the most frequently used subjects of icons in the church.
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St George is the protector of the island of Gozo and the patron of Gozo's largest city, Victoria.
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The flag of St George was carried by the Portuguese troops and hoisted in the fortresses, during the 15th century.
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St George is the unofficial patron saint of the city of Rio de Janeiro and of the city of Sao Jorge dos Ilheus.
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St George is revered in several Afro-Brazilian religions, such as Umbanda, where it is syncretized in the form of Ogum.
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Legend has it that victory eventually fell to the Christian armies when St George appeared to them on the battlefield, helping them secure the reconquest of the city of Huesca which had been under the Muslim control of the Taifa of Zaragoza.
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Cross of St George, known in Aragon as The Cross of Alcoraz, continues to emblazon the flags of all of Aragon's provinces.
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St George's cross appears in many buildings and local flags, including the flag of Barcelona, the Catalan capital.
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Term "Saint St George's cross" was at first associated with any plain Greek cross touching the edges of the field.
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St George is most commonly depicted in early icons, mosaics, and frescos wearing armour contemporary with the depiction, executed in gilding and silver colour, intended to identify him as a Roman soldier.
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Eastern Orthodox iconography permits St George to ride a black horse, as in a Russian icon in the British museum collection.
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