St. Marks Superblock

St. Marks Ave & Kingston Ave

Brooklyn

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This Crown Heights park is named for nearby St. Mark’s Avenue. St. Mark is believed to have written one of the three synoptic gospels in the Bible. The text is traditionally dated before the 70 C.E. Roman destruction of Jerusalem, and some scholars believe that it is based on St. Peter’s firsthand account of Christ’s life. Co-founder of the first Christian community in Jerusalem, St. Mark also served as the missionary companion to the Roman-Christian convert St. Paul of Tarsus. Legend holds that St. Mark founded the Church at Alexandria, Egypt and that he was martyred in the city’s streets. His feast day is celebrated on April 25. His relics are housed in the Basilico San Marco in Venice.

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