In 719 AD, the priest Winfrith recieved permission from the Pope to perform a mission to Germany. Pope Gregory II granted him the name "Boniface" in honor of an earlier saint. Boniface travelled to Thuringia, Germany, and began the conversion of the populace.
To demonstrate the power of the Christian god, Boniface chopped down a tree sacred to Thor. With his final axe-blow, the tree fell into four pieces in the shape of a cross.
Boniface was killed at the age of 73 in an attack on his camp. He became known as "the Apostle of Germany".
This modern cenotaph honors St. Boniface, who is buried elsewhere. Surrounding the monument are the graves of priests.
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