Tradition tells that St. Julian, known as the Hospitaller and patron of ferrymen, killed his parents when he mistook them for strangers. To atone for their murder, he set out on a pilgrimage and built a hospital near a dangerous river to tend to weary travellers. One stormy night, Julian risked his life to save a leper and tended to him through the night. The next morning, the leper transformed into an angel, symbolizing God's forgiveness. The saint is depicted here standing over his parents holding one of his traditional attributes, the boat.