2016-04-23 (Saturday)

Today, I learned that:

The photo below is one I took on 2009-01-16 of the Stone Mountain, in the Metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The original photo, a huge gigapan photo with a file size of 110 MB, can be found in reference #1 below. The built-in photo browser will permit that you zoom in on interesting parts of the photo, e.g. the carvings in the stone in the center of this photo. Reference #2 below contains interesting information about Stone Mountain.

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Photo I took on 2009-01-16 of the Stone Mountain, in the Metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The original photo, a gigapan photo of 110 MB, can be found on http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/15165 . The built-in photo browser will permit that you zoom in on interesting parts of the photo, e.g. the carvings in the stone in the center of this photo.

This is my way of paying a tribute to the saint which is celebrated today and whose name I am also proud of bearing. I am of course talking about Saint George. According to the legend, he was a Roman soldier who died on 304-04-23. His big contribution to history was as a martyr who battled successfully with a dragon. References #3 and 4 below give more information.

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The famous sculpture of Saint George battling with the dragon, from Storkyrkan in Stockholm, Sweden

That Saint George is still remembered today, can be seen in the many countries, states, cities, etc. that incorporate his name, such as the republic of Georgia, ex-USSR; the US state of Georgia, etc. The red cross in the English and British flags is called Saint George’s cross. Furthermore, it is still a popular name which many parents give to their new-born baby boy, as can be seen below:

English: George; Deutsch: Georg, Jürgen; Français: Georges; Italiano: Giorgio, Español / Português: Jorge; Svenska: Georg, Göran, Jörgen; Suomalainen: Yrjö; Pусский (Russian): Юрий (Yuri); Polski: Jerzy; etc., and of course their female correspondences.

… That’s what I learned in school !

Refs.:

1: View from Stone Mountain Inn

2: Stone Mountain

3: Saint George’s Day

4: Saint George

+: What did you learn in school today ?

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