Inside the Church
The artwork portrayed above the altar is of Saint Sebastian, born in 256 A.D. and died in 288 A.D. A Roman officer in the guard of Diocletian and also a Christian, he secretly brought items of comfort to those Christians imprisoned by Diocletian.
The painting above depicts St. Sebastian tied to a tree, shot and riddled with many arrows by order of Diocletian when his Christianity was revealed. Left to die, he was rescued by a woman, St. Irene, who nursed him back to health. His strength regained, he openly chastised Diocletian for his persecution of Christians. For this Diocletian had him clubbed to death. I guess Diocletian wanted to make sure he was dead, really dead this time! However, he lived on in his sainthood. I bet THAT really irked Diocletian.
Because he was in superb physical condition and able to defy death during his first execution, he was considered patron saint of both athletes and soldiers.