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Abbey of San Mercuriale – The saint who defeated the dragon

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The name of the Abbey of San Mercuriale comes from the name of the first bishop of Forlì (4th century), who was called Mercuriale. This saint was always depicted with a dragon at his feet, because of a legend that said that after the unsuccessful attempts of many knights to kill a terrible dragon, he managed to tame it and (after imprisoning it in his pastoral stole) to throw it into a well from which it never returned.

Abbey of San Mercuriale – The saint who defeated the dragon

Piazza Aurelio Saffi, 17, 47121 Forlì FC, Italy

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