Viktor of Xanten

Viktor of Xanten was a martyr and saint of the Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Church alive during the 4th century AD. Since the 12th century, his presumed bones have been kept in a shrine, which is embedded into the high altar of the Xanten Cathedral today. His feast day is October 10.

Saint Viktor of Xanten
Statue of Saint Victor outside Xanten Cathedral
Died4th century
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
Major shrineXanten Cathedral
FeastOctober 10
AttributesMilitary attire

Tradition states that Viktor was a Praefectus cohortis of a Cohort of the Theban Legion. He was closely associated with Ursus of Solothurn, and is said to have been a relative of Saint Verena. He was executed in the 4th century in the amphitheater of Castra Vetera (the site of present-day Xanten) for refusing to sacrifice to the Roman gods.


  • Ekkart Sauser (2003). "Victor von Xanten: hl. Märtyrer". In Bautz, Traugott (ed.). Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German). Vol. 21. Nordhausen: Bautz. col. 1511. ISBN 3-88309-110-3.
  • (in Dutch) H.Victor van Xanten, martelaar