Sunday, February 28, 2010

Catholic Culture: the Outdoor Street Altar Shrine

Rome used to have lots of these, but today they are gone.

Naples still has lots of them.

In fact, this is the last one of this kind in Rome that I know of.


  1. Maurio Lucentini in his guidebook "ROME" published in 2006 seems to think this street shrine might have been dedicated to Pope Joan, aka Pope John VII, (page 419 and who he describes in some detail on pages 412-413.) While I really like this guidebook, sometimes it gets a bit sensational!


  3. i seem to remember one on the street behind the Foro Nerva; it looked like a votive chapel, under the care of local residents. It may have been dedicated to St. Rita.