Euphemia lived in the 3rd century AD in Chalcedon, across the Bosporus from the city of Byzantium. She was discovered with other Christians who were hiding in a house and worshiping the Christian God, in defiance of the governor's orders. Because of their refusal to take part in pagan sacrifices, they were tortured and it is believed that she died of wounds from a wild bear in the arena under Emperor Diocletian. When the persecution of Diocletian ended, the Christians laid Saint Euphemia’s relics in a golden sarcophagus, placed within a church that was dedicated to her. Around the year 620, in the wake of the conquest of Chalcedon by the Persians the relics of Saint Euphemia were transferred to a new church in Constantinople. During the persecutions of the Iconoclasts, her reliquary was said to have been thrown into the sea. The sarcophagus was washed ashore on the beach of Rovinj in the 800 AD. When the surprised citizens opened the sarcophagus they found a body of a young girl and a pergament reading: ‘This is the body of Saint Eufemia, virgin and martyr from Calcedon, daughter of a noble senator, born for heaven on September the 6th year 304 AD’.
Euphemia is still the patron saint of Rovinj. Saint Euphemia's basilica is dominating the town with the bell tower which resembles the tower of St Mark's Basilica in Venice.
On top of this 60 meter-high tower stands the statue of St. Euphemia, serving as a wind vane.
Just like my niece on the rock.