In the time of Tsar Diokletian, Christians were persecuted, captured and killed. A young girl called Euphemia from Chalcedon, a town in Asia Minor was among them.
When Euphemia was 15 years old, she was arrested by Diocletian's soldiers for refusal to offer sacrifices to Ares.
Euphemia refused to give up Christianity. This led to her fatal torture.
The soldiers started to torture on Euphemia. She experienced many methods of torture.
After being tortured and surviving, she was thrown to the lions. The lions killed her but did not devour her. her death occurred on September 16, 304 AD.
Her body was preserved until 620 when the town was captured by the Persians. The sarcophagus with her body was moved to Constantinople, and placed in a church which Tsar Constantine built in her honour.