Street shrines

Street shrine (Capitelo), Calle de la Pieta, Venice
Calle de la Pieta
Venice cannot compete with Rome in the range and opulence of its street shrines, but it does have a type of shrine that I have never seen in the Eternal City. They are simple, stone statues of the Virgin and Child, often with protective parasols, which are found high up on walls. 
Capitelo, Ca' Rezzonico, Venice
Ca' Rezzonico
The shrines, which always had small lamps attached to them, once provided the only form of illumination in a street. In the 1730s all this changed when the Venetian state instituted the world's first official system of street-lighting. 

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