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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Skiathos Roadside Shrines

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For roadside shrines, George A. Rigas Economou in is work "Skiathos Folk Culture" informs us that:

"Apart from temples, chapels and monasteries Skiathos, has roadside shrines or crosses. In some parts of the countryside are built shrines. Each shrine is a stone column of 1 to 1.5 m height and on the top has a shape of a square pyramid. On the west side is a cupboard that closes with glass deposit. And inside the glove box is placed a crucifix or a picture and in front of a candle. This column is the oil-lamp.

In some parts rather than build oil-lamps, have placed a wooden cross nailed to some trees. Crosses or shrines are at the crossroads, but some of them have been built just to be guides in the correct direction of the street or to remind that there was formerly a chapel."

T. Tzoumas


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