Radul, Nicholas destroying the Temple of Artemis, from the life of St. Nicholas cycle, 1673-74, St. Nicholas Chapel, Monastery of the Patriarchate of Pec, Serbia
Saints are kind and pious men, but they’re not Ghandi, and they will kick some ass if they have to in the name of the Lord. In the early 4th century, Nicholas was imprisoned for being a Christian under the Roman Emperor Diocletan. When Constantine came to power in 306, he ended the persecution of Christians and Nicholas returned home. When he arrived, he wanted to spread Christianity and protect the people of his land from falling pray to the worship of false idols and pagan deities. In Myra stood one certain symbol of non-Christian life and faith, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. According to Myth, and the picture above, Nicholas took the 4th-century equivalent of a baseball bat to the temple and razed it to the ground, destroying the false idols and evil spirits that came with it.