Olivia of Palermo

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Saint Olivia
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Olivia with the saints Elias, Venera and Rosalia, 13th century
Born October 20
Died 9th century
North Africa
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Feast June 10
Patronage music; until 1624, one of the patronesses of Palermo

Saint Olivia of Palermo, according to the legend, was the beautiful daughter of a noble Sicilian family. She is supposed to have lived in the 9th century. When she was 13 years old she was kidnapped by Muslims and taken as a slave to Tunis. Impressed by her virtue and beauty her abductors permitted her to live as a hermitess in a cave.


Before 1624 Palermo had four patron saints, one for each of the four major parts of the city. They were Saint Agatha, Saint Christina, Saint Nympha, and Saint Olivia.

Saint Olivia is the patron saint of music; her feast day is June 10.

Saint Olivia was 13 when killed[citation needed].

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