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Campiello San Antonio

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Flowers."

This stately large street shrine has a small pot of live flowers in front, and several bright and blowsy artificial blossoms stuck into the grate. While some of the shrines in Venice seem abandoned and neglected, the floral offerings show that this one is clearly cared for and loved.


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It just makes sense that a campiello named for St. Anthony of Padua would have a shrine dedicated to him. As I've written before, San Antonio is the second most represented saint in the shrines of Venice after the Virgin Mary. The campiello was quiet and deserted the day I visited this shrine.


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This shrine dates back to at least 1600 or so and has been a focal point and gathering spot for the neighborhood ever since.

The shrine originally contained a "bella" statue of San Antonio but at some point, it was stolen. The statue inside today is a relatively modern replacement. There are more flowers inside the shrine too.


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I like the colors and random placement of these fake flowers~


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Speaking of colors, Venice has the most beautiful bricks I've ever seen.

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Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend.

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

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Comments (7)

venice with all these small shrines scattered throughout gives the visitor a surprise at every bend it seems.

wanna go there.

Awww its beautiful :)

I always love your shots of Venice. These work well for the theme.

YTSL:

I am getting the distinct feeling that the residents of Venice are *very* religious... ;)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, I love what you said about how the flowers shows that the shrines are "cared for and loved". Beautifully said. Great photos of the surrounding bricks too. I agree, they are very beautiful.

Have a wonderful weekend.

I thought all the shrines in Venice are privately built and have owners. The ones you showed are really interesting.

Fortunately the flowers look a little younger then 1600 years !

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