This is our exquisite Pope Saint Sylvester of Rome Plaque. Pope Sylvester I (died December 31, 335) was Pope during the years 314-335, an important era in the history of the Catholic Church. During his pontificate Constantine built some of Rome’s great churches: the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Old St. Peter’s Basilica, and several churches over the tombs and graves of the martyrs. (Constantine the Great and his mother, St. Helena, are depicted on the top right corner of this plaque.) Pope Sylvester (or Silvester) did not personally attend the First Council of Nicaea in 325. But his two legates, Vitus and Vincentius (on the bottom left of this plaque), did represent him there and approve the Council’s decrees. This plaque is a great gift for a birthday, baptism, confirmation, first communion, ordination, Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
A Large Solid Bronze Plaque
This large solid bronze plaque is 7.9 inches high and 6.3 inches wide. It will hang easily on the way office, home, or study. This bronze plaque was designed and realized in a German foundry by a world-renowned goldsmith. This will be a most wonderful gift for that special “Sylvester” in your life!
New Year’s Eve – Sylvesterabend!
New Year’s eve on December 31st is in German, Silvesterabend, or simply Silvester. The feast day of Pope Sylvester I is celebrated on the anniversary of his death every December 31st – a date that has coincided with New Year’s Eve since the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1582. Because of this coincidence, the following mostly European countries use a variant of the name Silvester as the preferred name for the holiday: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Slovenia and Israel.