Saint Juliana of Nicomedia

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Juliana of Nicomedia; created in 1889 by Glasmalerei Schneiders und Schmolz based on designs by Heinrich Wiethase; northern choir window of the Catholic Church of Saint Mary Magdalene and Saint Andrew, Knechtsteden, Dormagan, Rhein-Kreis Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany; photographed on 12 November 2012 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click from source imageAlso known as

  • Juliana of Cumae



Daughter of a pagan named Africanus who promised the girl to a young noble named Evilase. Juliana put him off, first insisting that he become prefect of Nicomedia. When he became prefect, she insisted he become a Christian before they could marry, a condition he would never meet. Her father, who hated Christians himself, abused Juliana fearfully to get her to change her mind, but she held fast; ancients manuscripts describing these horrors put them in terms of her fighting a dragon, and she is often depicted that way in art. Evilase called her before the tribunal during the persecutions of Maximianus, denounced her as a Christian, and she was martyred. Hers was a favourite story, for telling and creation of stained glass and other art objects, during the Middle Ages.





  • young woman battling a winged devil
  • young woman being boiled
  • young woman chaining up a dragon
  • young woman chaining up and/or scourging the Devil
  • young woman in a cauldron
  • young woman leading a chained devil
  • young woman standing or sitting on a dragon
  • young woman wearing a crown on her head and a cross on her breast
  • naked young woman hanging by her hair
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Juliana of Nicomedia“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 July 2015. Web. 26 November 2015. <>