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Who was San Fermin?


Question: Who was San Fermin?
The Pamplona Running of the Bulls takes place at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona. But who exactly was San Fermin?
Answer: San Fermin, or San Fermin de Amiens, to give him his full title, was born in Pamplona, then called Pompaelo, to a Roman senator. He traveled widely from a young age, preaching the Christian doctrine, and was made a bishop at the age of 24 before being martyred at the age of 31.

San Fermin was decapitated, though it is sometimes claimed that he was tied to a bull and dragged through the streets. While convenient for the legend of the San Fermin festival, it was actually Saint Saturninus, the bishop who baptised San Fermin, who was killed in this way.

So what is the connection between San Fermin and being chased through the streets of Pamplona. Mere coincidence of timing. Read more about the Origins of the Pamplona Running of the Bulls.

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