While reading Annie’s recent entries on two large size shrines, I was reminded of a Saint Anthony shrine that I saw on my recent trip to Venice. This beautiful green shrine is in Cannaregio and I found it on my walk from a shop on Rio Tera della Maddalena to the church of Madonna dell’Orto.
This is what Annie wrote about this shrine last year, on a post titled "San Antonio shrine":
“This lovely green free-standing shrine is dedicated to San Antonio (St. Anthony), and it’s another very well-cared for shrine with a nice painting inside of the saint holding the Christ child. It’s in Cannaregio on the way to Madonna dell’ Orto and has a sign saying it was built in 1668. The vast majority of the shrines in Venice are dedicated to Mary, with St. Anthony a distant second. It makes sense that he’s the next most popular image since he’s a local saint who’s buried in his own church over in Padua.”
Decorative sign with the dates the shrine was built (1668) and restored: from 1818 to 1901, and from 1979 and 1991 under the sponsorship of the Società Remo d'Oro (Golden Oar Society).
Here are three shrines dedicated to St. Anthony who, as Annie wrote, is the second most popular shrine image in Venice. He is the patron of sailors, travelers and fishermen and perhaps this is the reason why there are so many shrines dedicated to him. He's also the patron saint of lost and stolen articles.
I don’t recall the exact location of the first two shrines, but the lovely wooden one with the lilies I believe is found right in front of a bridge, on the way from the train station to my apartment in Cannaregio.