Today is St. Stephen's Day.
It is even a legal holiday in many countries.
Stephen was the first Christian martyr, the Protomartyr.
In the year 34 or 35 he was stoned to death, probably at the Damascus Gate.
Near the gate, outside of the Old City, a church was built in the 5th century to house his relics.
The Dominican Fathers built a new church over the remains of the ancient one in 1900.
The Basilica of St. Stephen or Basilique Saint-Étienne is very beautiful.
The paintings are of John the Baptist, Jesus, and Stephen.
The saints hold the scrolls of their inspired sayings.
Inside the peaceful walled compound of the church is also the monastery and the famous École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem (EBAF).
You can enlarge the photo and read the sign about them.
The Ecole's website has a nice video tour of the whole place.
There are also four earlier posts about this place, this special place which I always think of on December 26, St. Stephen's Day.