Saint Florian

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A figure of Saint Florian in a display cabinet outside a fire station in Lubuskie, western Poland.

Florian was a Roman soldier, who in addition to his military duties, was also responsible for organizing firefighting brigades. Today he is widely associated with firemen in Poland and indeed in much of central Europe. There are figures of Saint Florian on fire stations and in churches throughout Poland. There’s even a rather famous Bas-relief of St. Florian on the Florian Gate in Kraków.

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