The Roadside Shrines of Greece

Roadside shrines erected in memory of those who lost their lives in road accidents are a common sight across Greece. They are found next to highways, and mountain roads, and dirt tracks. The shrines are usually small metal or concrete boxes elevated from the ground on legs or pillars. Some are decorated in the fashion of miniature churches. Virtually all of them have tiny glass doors, behind which a lamp will burn. There will be a bottle of extra oil, a couple of images of saints, a sun-drenched picture of the deceased, some plastic flowers and a handful of personal offerings.

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A roadside shrine by the Greece coast. Photo credit: Igor Tichonow/


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