Death of Saint Helena of Constantinople

19 August 330

Saint Helena (ca. 246/50 - 18 August 330) also known as Saint Helen, Helena Augusta or Helena of Constantinople was the consort of Emperor Constantius and the mother of Emperor Constantine I. She is traditionally credited with finding the relics of the True Cross, with which she is invariably represented in Christian iconography.

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    Crucifixion. Emperor Constantine the Great and his wife Saint Helena at the foot of the Cross. Central part of the triptych (6th-10th)


    Empress Saint Helena of Byzantium. Fresco in St. Michael's church, Lesnovo, Macedonia. Painted 1347-49 by Michael of Lesnovo.


    Saint Helena. Illustration to Gebetbuch - Prayer book: Salus anim(a)e, das ist der selen hayl wirt gena(nn)t. Printed by Hieronymus Höltzel, Nuremberg, 18 October 1503. Woodcut, 61 x 41mm. (fol. 217v.)


    The coffin with the remains of the Three Holy Kings is brought to Constantinople. Saint Helena in front of the shrine; the shrine is transferred to Milan; the Three Kings are laid to rest in Cologne as bishop Rainald von Dassel watches. Choir screen, Cologne.

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    The finding of the Holy Cross.According to Saint Ambrose,Bishop of Milan,Empress Helena,mother of Emperor Constantin,found the cross during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Canvas, 113,5 x 73 cm Inv.323