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Goar

The priest and hermit, who came from a noble family and was later canonized, was born around 495 in Aquitaine (French countryside or former English county between the Pyrenees and Loire) and died in 575 in what is now St. Goar south of Koblenz(Rhineland-Palatinate). The name means "God is strong", his day of remembrance is 6 July. At the age of 24, when he had already been ordained priest, he migrated from Aquitaine to the Rhine and built a cell on the site of his present-day patronage church in the parish of St. Goar on the Middle Rhine, which was named after him. Every year in September, the two sister towns of St. Goar and St. Goarshausen on the opposite bank celebrate "The Night of the Loreley" with fireworks. The house fronts of the two Rhine towns are illuminated and the castles of Katz and Rheinfels as well as the Rhine heights are illuminated in Bengali. He brought Goar vines from his native southern France and had a great passion for food and good wine. He performed numerous miracles, for example he ensured that not a drop of wine escaped from a barrel despite an open bunghole. He is the patron saint of St. Goar, as well as the potter, brick worker, winegrower, innkeeper and skipper. See also under wine saints and wine gods.

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