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madonna dell' orto

When I found this early 20th century photo of Madonna dell'Orto, it took a few moments for me to realize, "what's wrong with this picture?"...it's the power poles and power lines standing in the campo in front of the church. They are no longer there - at some point, the various utilities were relocated so that they snake alongside the buildings and aren't free-standing like they were in this photo. A good move - it's hard to imagine Venice with poles blocking the views.

In the photo below, you can see some power lines and something else encased in a pipe. I didn't take this photo because of the utilities though. What caught my eye were the two small hearts.


What are they? Two small open hearts surrounded by glass tiles (though some are missing now). Another Venetian mystery!


And you can sometimes see mysterious letters embedded in the Venetian pavement. Just speculation here, but I wonder if these letters might indicate underground utilities. If anyone knows what they are, please share.



And here's one of my favorites shrines in Venice.
Power lines above, graffiti below, fresh flowers in tinfoil vases.


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Comments (3)


Finding those pictures of MdO and the hearts and the letters is great detective work. Thanks!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, Love this post. What a smart idea to reposition the lines. Venice is much more beautiful without them in the way. I always find your discoveries so interesting. I think you maybe right about those letters.

I love your favorite shrine. I hope they remove that graffiti.

Hope you're having a wonderful summer.

Beautiful! And I agree the relocation of the power lines is a good move as they detract from the amazing architecture and scene.

Have a great week ahead :)

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