It is hard to miss this brilliant gilded statue of a mounted Joan of Arc. She;s riding an armored horse and hoisting a flag. All are brilliant gold, though they’re probably not actually gold. She is facing the Philadelphia Art Museum, to the right if you’re facing the Rock Steps.
Joan of Arc was the heroine of France for her rule during the Hundred Years’ War and she was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. King Charles VII sent Joan to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence after the siege was lifted only nine days later. On 23 May 1430, she was captured and handed over to the English who put her on trial. Declared guilty, she was burned at the stake on 30 May 1431, dying at about nineteen years of age.
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