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Maurus of Parentium
St Maurus on the Mosaic with Mother Mary and Child shown third from left with a crown of martyrdom in his hand
|Bishop and Martyr|
|Died||late 3rd century
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Major shrine||Votive chapel in the Euphrasian basilica|
|Attributes||bishop holding the crown of martyrdoom in his hand|
Saint Maurus of Parentium is the patron saint of the Croatian city of Poreč, called Parentium in Roman times. The Church has existed in Istria since the times of the early Christian martyrs. St. Maurus (sv. Mavro) was the first bishop of Poreč and the Istrian diocese who suffered a martyred death in the late 3rd century. A basilica was built in Poreč in the 5th century called Euphrasian Basilica where the relics of Saint Maurus, now the patron saint of the city, are kept in the votive chapel called a martyrium. He is shown on the mosaic of the basilica with a martyr's crown in his hand.
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