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Saint Roman Feast Day
August 9, 2019
St. Roman is one of Monaco’s Saint Patrons. The high point of the celebrations takes place on August 9th, the actual Feast Day of St. Roman, around the Altar that is consecrated to the Saint in Monaco’s Cathedral.
After Saint Dévote, Saint Roman is the most popular and most venerated saint in the Principality.
The veneration by the Monégasques of this Roman legionary, who suffered martyrdom on 9th August 258 in the reign of the Emperor Valerian, goes back to the sixteenth century when a relic of Saint Roman was entrusted to the Terrazzani family who had a chapel built in which to lay it.
For several centuries, the Feast of Saint Roman took place at the hamlet of les Moulins (“the Mills”) near to the old chapel.
Around 1880, the festivities moved to Monaco-Ville. Today, with the support of the Committee of the Feasts of Saint Roman, we still dance and enjoy cool drinks in the month of August under the foliage of the hundred-year-old trees of the Saint Martin gardens.