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Castello 6282

Shrines like this one just make me smile. It's got a funky art deco feel to it, and I love all the colors inside.

I'm still going through my photos from my November trip, sorting and putting tags on them. I was on the verge of having a big unwieldy mess, so in addition to sorting my most recent ones, I'm going back into the archives to tag ones from previous trips too. I'm also going back to old blog posts and replacing photos if I found I had a better one. Pre-spring cleaning!

Anyway, I'm starting to notice small or large changes in various things that I photographed more than once but in different years. It's especially interesting when I see changes in shrines that I might not have noticed right off the bat like I did with the poor little melting San Antonio shrine.

These top two photos were taken in November 2010 and the two down below were taken on my previous trip. This shrine was nice before but is even better now.

Castello 6282

In 2008, this shrine was not so colorful and flowery - the aluminum foil background really stood out. I remember being so charmed at seeing that foil and wondering about the person who put it there. Some day I hope to run into someone actually decorating, cleaning or maintaining a shrine - it hasn't happened yet!

Both the tabernacle and the wall behind have been freshly painted since 2008 too. This shrine can be found in Sotoportego dei Felzi, not far from the church of San Zanipolo.

Castello 6282

Castello 6282

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If it weren't for King Henry VIII separating England from the Roman Catholic church, we could have had these shrines here. Goodness knows what would have happened to your history if he hadn't!

It's interesting to think about! I might be living in Ireland instead.

As far as the Protestant church goes, I do wish the shrine tradition had carried over along with the emphasis on Mary. And the incense burning.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, I really enjoy seeing your before and after photos from your trips from different years. I like the art deco look to this shrine. I hope that on one of your visits you will be by one of these beautiful shrines when one of their care takers happen to be there. That would be very special.

Thank you so much for this wonderful read.


As I've said before my wife and I are High Anglican- bells and smells (incense) every Sunday. You should see us at the Assumption. Mary is decorated with flowers and carried in procession outside the church. Then it's back to our house for a big knees-up. Our Roman Catholic friends say we're more Catholic than they are!

Kathy, thanks! It would be very special to run into one of the mysterious shrine ladies.

Bells and smells and a Mary procession?! I'd love that! I had no idea that High Anglican did that. I was raised in a Methodist church...we celebrated Easter Sunday but did nothing as far as Lent goes (I didn't even know about the Lent tradition until I became an adult). And the only time Mary was ever mentioned was at Christmas and even then, she was a minor character.

A big knees-up? I'm guessing that is a party or celebration? Never heard that before...great phrase!

Andrew, have you ever attended services in the Anglican church in Venice?


We once went into St. George's C of E in Venice just after the service finished. The congregation were standing around chatting but no-one came to talk to us and we felt distinctly unwanted. I guess they get many tourists but they need to work on their 'welcoming skills'. 'Knees-up',otherwise known as a bun fight. We provide a sit down meal for 45 in our garden and pray for decent weather.

Bun fight...that's another new one! Dinner for 45 is a lot of work and cooking but I bet it's fun.

I'm surprised that they weren't more welcoming at that church.


It's interesting that colours change on this shrine; the care taker (by that I don't mean a paid janitor) must be very committed!

As you say, it would be so cool to meet someone, just once, working on a shrine. To maybe find out what motivates them.

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