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No persons are seen in today's three photos, bu there are lots of traces of human activity.

When I first came to Italy almost half a century ago I was fascinated by the small shrines to the Madonna, found in so many streets. Coming from a Lutheran and highly secular country I had never seen such public expressions of faith. They are probably found in most Catholic countries but maybe especially in Italy, where they are called madonelle (singular: madonella).

Naturally I found lots of madonelle all over Palermo on my recent visit and took a number of photos. It mainly interested me to show the connection between the shrines and their immediate surroundings. Laundry, a pram, cables, small signs etc are just as important to the picture as the shrine itself.

Surprisingly I remember exactly where I took this photo. You can find this spot by using the map coordinates 38.11541 13.35425.

Here is a larger version.

Two more madonelle can be see an workshops.

WS #1

WS #2

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8430 W: 483 N: 16457] (74365)
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