"Saint Simeon Stylites lived for 37 years standing on top of a small platform on a tall pillar.
Before this he spent 40 days closed in a tiny hut without any food or water. When he walked out it was hailed as a miracle. Pilgrims flocked to see St Simeon and they erected taller pillars for him to stand on – in the end his pillar was 15 meters high. He lived off goat’s milk and flat bread – provided by local children. He refused to let any women come near the pillar (including his mother) and he would let people climb a ladder to talk to him and ask for advice.
St Simeon got an ulcer on his thigh which festered and ultimately led to his death – standing up.”