A few San Polo shrines
A few more shrines in San Polo, not far from the Rialto market area. All three of these are connected to restaurants.
This sweet shrine overlooks the rear entrance to Poste Vecie, the oldest restaurant in Venice. You can see the little bridge leading in to the main entrance here.
If you've got a trattoria named for the Madonna on a calle also named for her, you have to have a shrine too, right? Actually, the shrine was here first, and the calle named for the shrine, many centuries ago. Trattoria alla Madonna opened in 1954 and is a popular place specializing in seafood from the lagoon. The food is good and there's a nice collection of art inside (some of which you can see on their website).
And finally, a very interesting shrine next to takeaway pizza place, Antico Forno. I want to go back in daylight and have a closer look inside this one. I learned that at one point, this shrine housed an orginal 1831 painting by Lattanzio Querena (1768-1853) whose work can be seen in a number of Venice's churches. I wonder if the painting is still there or if it's a copy. The painting is interesting too in that it includes both the Madonna and San Antonio, the Top Two most revered saints in the shrines of Venice.
UPDATE: Thank you so much to Bert, who solved the mystery of the Querena painting. The brass plaque at the bottom of the shrine tells us that the painting IS a copy because the original was stolen on June 9, 1990. The copy was given by Marco Zuanich "in reparation for the sacrilegious act," and the shrine was blessed by the Patriarch of Venice, Angelo Scola, on February 6, 2010. Thank you, Bert!
I'd love to know more about the history of this building too. Love those marble columns.
A couple of months ago, I got a comment from a reader asking the location of one of the shrines I've posted. You can click on the photos to get the addresses (if I know them!).