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Basilica of Saints Vitale and Agricola in Arena – The first martyrs of Bologna

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St Vitale and St Agricola were the first Bolognese martyrs, whose martyrdom dates back to the time of Constantine's persecutions. Vitale was Agricola's servant and was the first to be tortured. It is said that at the end of the excruciating treatment no part of his body remained unharmed. The persecutors hoped that Agricola would deny his faith at the sight of his end, but he bravely faced death, even though he was treated differently: he was crucified and pierced with nails.

Basilica of Saints Vitale and Agricola in Arena – The first martyrs of Bologna

Via S. Vitale, 50, 40125 Bologna BO, Italy

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