Wayside shrines

Urban and rural context.

Typology Artwork

Period Eighteenth

Accessibility No

Visitable Yes

The old town centre and villages of Vernante preserve an important number of shrines bearing witness to the cult and traditions of the past. Many of them originate from offerings made by the community or parts of it; although they are not works of particular artistic value, they tell episodes that have made it possible to build the city’s identity over the centuries. The elements of historical interest refer above all to the reasons that led to the realization of these works over the last two centuries. The reasons are various: personal votive offerings, protection against illness, building of sacred buildings.

  1. Pilone della Colletta di Renetta, the images of the Virgin Mary and child, San Nicolao (patron saint of Vernante) and San Magno (protector of farmers and breeders) are painted on the shrine.
  2. Pilone di Tetto Cordero Soprano, a shrine depicting Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
  3. Pilone di Teit Vourunel, on which the effigy of Saint Joseph holding Baby Jesus in his arms is painted.
  4. Pilone del Valun Sec dedicated to San Nicolao, the Virgin Mary and Saint Bartholomew.
  5. Pilone di San Rocco, was built in remembrance of the chapel of San Rocco, once located in the same place; the ancient chapel had been built to request protection against a plague epidemic, as San Rocco was the protector of the disease.
  6. Pilone di San Sebastiano, built in remembrance of the chapel of San Sebastiano, destroyed in the seventies of the XX century.
  7. Pilone di S. Nicolao dedicated to the patron saint of Vernante.
  8. Pilone di Santa Lucia dedicated to Saint Lucia.
  9. Pilone della Madonna del Laghetto, dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
  10. Pilone dei Folchi, dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Conditions of visit

The shrines are freely observable from the roadside or in areas of public use.


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