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San Antonio shrine

green shrine

This lovely green free-standing shrine is dedicated to San Antonio (St. Anthony), and it’s another very well-cared for shrine with a nice painting inside of the saint holding the Christ child. It’s in Cannaregio on the way to Madonna dell’ Orto and has a sign saying it was built in 1668. The vast majority of the shrines in Venice are dedicated to Mary, with St. Anthony a distant second. It makes sense that he’s the next most popular image since he’s a local saint who’s buried in his own church over in Padua.

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Thanks so much to Leslie for telling me about this book – Shrines: Images of Italian Worship by Frances Mayes and Steven Rothfeld. It’s a beautiful little coffee table book with photos of shrines from all over Italy. It arrived in the mail yesterday and I immediately retired to the couch with it (is there anything better than getting a new book?!). I recognized most all of the Venetian shrines pictured in the book except for another large San Antonio shrine that I’d love to find.

There’s another very cool green shrine in Venice that I haven’t seen except in photos – this one that’s out in the lagoon somewhere. Here’s another great photo of it. Just amazing.

And I also want to see this incredible Madonna and Child that Kathy (trek capri) found. Her photos of Burano are beautiful.

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I consider taking the photo of the shrine, in the lagoon near Venice, a small miracle... My camera was not so good and usually was taking awful photos if I was moving... Hence, I was in a speedboat to Venice, I show the shrine and I shoot... and the result was perfect...

Have a nice day!

Hi Klearchos!

Thank you for stopping by. I am happy to learn more about your beautiful photo of that amazing shrine. It sounds like a miracle for sure! Best, Annie

The shrine is on the way with vaporetto from San Giuliano to Tre Archi...

Thank you! I will try to find it the next time I'm in Venice.

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