About Saint Dennis
Saint Dennis is also referred to as:
Saint Dennis lived during the 3rd century and was a martyr for Christianity in 250 A.D. He was the Bishop of Paris and is the patron saint of Paris, France. A statue of Saint Denis is displayed in the portal of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. It depicts Saint Denis holding his own head in his hands.
Saint Dennis Martyrdom
The pagan priests were threatened by the success Saint Denis was having with people converting to Christianity, so they executed him. Saint Dennis was beheaded on a high hill in Paris which is now known as Montmartre.
The legend of Saint Denis says that after he was beheaded, he bent over, picked up his head, and walked for two miles preaching the way of Christ as he went. A shrine was erected in the spot where he stopped walking and died which is the site of the Saint Denis Basilica today. It is here that the Kings of France are buried.