At the top of the hill in Montmartre, is the statue of the first bishop of Paris, Saint Denis. .
In this statue Saint Denis is seen holding his own head. This is because, at first, he was sentenced to be crucified on top of the hill. The only reason he got decapitated is because the soldier who was accompanying him got bored along the way.
But Saint Denis was pretty upset about this: he liked the idea of dying like Jesus. So, he picked up his own head and continued walking to the top of the hill. That is what the legend says. There, he dropped dead, but his head rolled and rolled… to a point that was later declared sacred, and where they built the cathedral of Saint Denis.
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