Born in Bithynia, Asia Minor (present-day Turkey), circa 248, St. Helena was married to Roman Emperor Constantius and had a son who would become Constantine I, also known as Constantine the Great, the first Roman emperor to become a Christian. St. Helena, who converted as well, oversaw the construction of churches on Holy Land sites. She would later be credited with discovering the cross upon which Jesus Christ is believed to have been crucified. St. Helena died circa 328 in Nicomedia (present-day Turkey).


  • Name: Helena
  • Birth Year: 248
  • Birth City: Bithynia, Asia Minor (present-day Turkey)
  • Birth Country: Turkey
  • Gender: Female
  • Best Known For: St. Helena, the mother of Constantine I, is believed to have discovered the cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified.
  • Industries
    • Christianity
  • Death Year: 328
  • Death City: Nicomedia (present-day Turkey)
  • Death Country: Turkey

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  • Article Title: St. Helena Biography
  • Author: Biography.com Editors
  • Website Name: The Biography.com website
  • Url: https://www.biography.com/religious-figures/st-helena
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  • Last Updated: August 31, 2020
  • Original Published Date: April 2, 2014