A Snapshot From / Italy

Blessings to all who Pass By

Behold the tabernacolo, those lovely outdoor altars that are ubiquitous in Italy.

Ecco il tabernacolo, quelle belle altari all’aria aperta che sono onnipresenti in Italia.


Talvolta con tabernacolo si indica una piccola edicola o capitello votivo o santella o altra struttura posta in luogo pubblico, all’interno della quale è inserita un’immagine sacra (dipinta o scolpita), a scopo devozionale e di protezione sui passanti.” Wikipedia


The word tabernacolo is used for the tabernacle found inside a church, but, to translate the above, “sometimes the tabernacle indicates a small shrine or votive shrine or other structure located in a public place, within which is inserted a sacred image (painted or carved), for devotional purposes and for the protection of passers-by.”



I adore these tabernacoli, and never tire of seeing them. In the midst of a busy day of sightseeing, a tabernacolo reminds me that there is more to this world than what is right in front of me, and that we do not walk this path alone.

Adoro questi tabernacoli, e non stancatevi di vederli. Durante una giornata piena di visite turistiche, un tabernacolo mi ricorda che c’è più di questo mondo, e che non camminiamo su questa strada da solo.




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What are your thoughts on the tabernacolo, and have you encountered anything similar in other parts of the world?

Special thanks to The Italianista for providing me with the correct Italian for these tabernacoli! 🙂 

Also posted on The Daily Post’s One Word Challenge: Culture


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