One of the things that stood out on my recent trip to Italy is the Catholic influence in culture. Catholicism is by far the dominant religion in Italy, of course. Many of the famous artistic masterpieces are religious in nature, such as The Statue of David and the Sistine Chapel.
And, of course, people flock to Italy from all over the world to see these amazing masterpieces.
But wayside altars were an unexpected treasure.
Of course, these types of shrines can be found in many places, not just in Italy, but they seem fairly common here. Maybe it’s simply another indication of the huge Catholic influence in the country.
They’re often near shops or restaurants. This one’s beside a parking lot.
The altars may commemorate an incident that took place there. Maybe the location holds some personal significance to the person who erected it.
Or maybe they’re meant to honor Jesus, The Virgin Mary, and/or a Catholic saint.
No matter the reason, I found them interesting and beautiful. And Italian.
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