February 14, 2012 in Features

A history of Valentine’s Day through the ages

By The Spokesman-Review
Graphic by Molly Quinn photo

Valentine’s Day graphic
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The origin of St. Valentine, and how many St. Valentines there were, remains a mystery. Whoever he was, Valentine really existed because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to St. Valentine.

Feb. 14, originally designated Valentine’s feast day, has over the centuries evolved, becoming a holiday devoted to sweethearts.

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