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PhotoHunt: Looking In

I love looking in to the street shrines of Venice to see what sacred image is inside. Most of the shrines are dedicated to Mary, and she has many many faces.

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The second most popular saint honored in Venetian shrines is San Antonio (St. Anthony) who lived in nearby Padua (Padova), part of the Venetian Republic.

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Thanks for visiting! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year.

Like so many of you, I've been heavy-hearted about this latest mass murder here in the USA. So I decided to join the 26 Acts of Kindness campaign to honor the children and teachers from Sandy Hook Elementary. Right now, I'm 17 out of 26, and plan to complete the rest before the new year.

See a list of upcoming Saturday Photo Hunting themes on Gattina's website here.

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Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, this is such a beautiful collection of shrines. The blue really stands out and I love her expression. And I love how you captured the last one with the beautiful flower in the foreground and looking up.

Happy Holidays and New Year to you and your Family too.


The first Mary has such a young face! Interesting too to see her in pink as I tend to think of the Virgin Mary as being clad in (sky/baby) blue clothing. :)

Behind grids ? Poor Madonna ! Indeed she has a lot of faces !

Interesting to see the many faces of Mary. Happy Holidays Annie!

my Photo Hunt blog entry!


Well done with your Acts of Kindness, Annie. You could include blogging here as it's an act of kindness to us venetophiles!

Jon (Bilbao):

Merry Xmas to you too, and many thanks for your wonderful posts that make me feel closer to my loved Venice

did you hear about the vision of the lady in Malaysia?

Thanks Annie for the post and the 26 Act of Kindness link.


Lovely collection, and your campaign is a wonderful idea, Annie. I hope that you have a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2013!!


The first shrine is next to Ponte de l'Arco over Rio dei Scudi e de la S. Ternità.
I can't help with the others.


Love the shrines. I think I have a photo of the third one, it looks very familiar!

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, Merry Christmas . Somehow I missed your link on the 26 Acts of Kindness. Thanks for sharing and I think it is a wonderful idea and I will join in the project. Thought of the victims recently especially now during the holidays, may they rest in peace.

Have a wonderful holidays.

Merry Christmas! Great take on the theme. Thanks for visiting in spite of my not managing a photohunters post.


Is the second between La Toletta and Borgo?

Hi Andrew,

That one is in Sotoportego de le Eremite in Dorsodoro. Cheers, Annie


That's the sotoportego I meant Annie but I couldn't recall its name. When we stay at our hotel on Fondamente de le Eremite we frequently go past your shrine.

That's such a great neighborhood! That part of Dorsoduro is where I stayed the last time I was there - I loved it. Plan to stay there again next time I'm able to go (and I sure hope it's this year).

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