Category Archives: Churches

Not Christianic

On a recent visit to a nearby town, my eye was drawn to the handwriting on this No Entry sign. The sign marks the exit of the driveway of the Anglican Cathedral.



I don’t think I want to be drawn into a theological/legal discussion of the rights and wrongs of the issues!


Filed under Australia, Churches

Well, I just don’t know

Smack dab beside the Chiesa San Giovanni in Bragora are some window shutters that aren’t usually open. (At least not in my wanderings past.)

But, they were open the other day. I’m confident that someone will provide the storyline for this charming sculpture.





Filed under Art, Churches, Venice

Back to Venice, for the first anniversary of the blog

I admired these window blinds

So, now you think you've seen Venice, right? Wrong.

And, for Alexa and Bert: where is this located? (Too easy for you two, I think.)

Venetian fire engine

Man at work: Burano


Filed under Churches, Venice

A taste of Umbria

Let’s have a look at a few of Spoleto’s offerings.

The bottom half of the toilet door in the train station was missing. This toilet was only for the desperate! It was the only one available, and the outer door wouldn't lock.

 This cathedral is truly worth the steep uphill climb.  

Spoleto Cathedral

Further up the hill, beyond the Cathedral, you can cross this aqueduct.

Ponte delle Torri built over the foundation of a Roman aqueduct

Modern form of telecommunications, to be found at the railway station


Filed under Accademia, Bridges, Churches

Maria SS Della Quercia in Atherton

This is specially for “Sig. Nonloso”, who posted photos of a procession of the Madonna in Sant’ Elena.

The older members of congregation of St Joseph’s Church, Atherton are, in the main,  originally from the south of Italy: Calabria and Sicily. They used to carry the statue by hand for the parade after the mass. But, time has taken its toll, the men of the congregation have grown older, so in typical Queensland fashion, a ute (pick-up truck) is roped into the task.

The gentleman who drove the truck said that in his homeland (Calabria), you had to park very early or walk many kilometers to get to the mass and parade.

There was a band, and afternoon tea was served at the priest’s residence following the mass and parade.

Here is the statue being carried from the church.

Part of the parade and prayers to the Madonna.


Filed under Atherton, Churches, Festivals, Madonnas

And now for something completely different

Two decidedly different offerings from Venice.

 Murano is not all about the glass factories and salesrooms. First, from the Chiesa di San Pietro on Murano:  this is just one of the many startling wooden carvings you will find if you go into the sacristy of this church. 

Then there is the Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato. It has the most wonderful mosaic floors, shown on this video:

I can’t promise that you will be able to see this next feature in person. She was part of a Russian tour group in Dorsoduro, and I really admired her sparkly stockings! There were little rhinestones all up the seams, and the butterflies also featured glitter.

So, there you go.There is something for everyone in Venice.   🙂


Filed under Art, Artisans, Churches, Fashion, Islands, Mosaic floors, People, stocking seams, Venice

Cloister of San Francesco della Vigna

Is that a hedgehog?


Filed under Castello, Churches, Cloisters

Santa Croce, Florence

When in Florence, one site not to miss is the Chiesa Santa Croce. This church was severely affected by the 1966 flood.

While there, after admiring the interior of the church, visit the Museum of the Opera di la Santa Croce, the former refectory. Here, among other works, stop to admire the Cimabue crucifix. The restoration labour of love has given us the opportunity to see this work of art as it must have looked all those centuries ago.


Filed under Art, Churches, Restoration

Somebody did help me!

I had asked about the mystery symbol in San Michele, on the Slow Travel Italy forum, and got the answer.

* It is the symbol of the Confraternita della Misericordia, which is a volunteer group that still nowadays helps out people in need.
Think about ambulances, most have the same symbol on it.
It means that the man (or woman) buried there was part of the volunteer group of the Misericordia

* The first letter is an F and has a minuscule R attached to it, then the M.
The two “Omegas” should symbolize the Bishops’ hats so it would mean that the fraternity was started by the bishop in the name of Christ – the long cross in the middle, less romantic but true.
* AFAIK, it’s just a symbol of an Arciconfraternita della Misericordia.
You can find other similar symbols in other cemeteries, like Soffiano, near Florence:…e_-_Escutcheon_I.jpg
See also:…Firenze/138428863871…ericordia-fucecchio/


I love the internet!

PS  I just realised where I had seen that symbol before. On 7 April, I had attended an Ecumenical service at Chiesa di S. Giacometto di Rialto, and many of the men and women in the congregation were wearing cloaks with that insignia.


Filed under Cemeteries, Churches


My feet took me to some good places today. I finally located, and found open, San Giovanni Elemosinario. What a little gem of a place. In my usual fashion, as I asked a nice couple if they knew where it was, they pointed out that it was almost directly behind me.

There were 2 traghetti operating at the Ca’ D’Oro crossing, they were doing a roaring trade, with long queues (yes, orderly lines) at each side.

In Cannaregio, I used a road less travelled, and that turned out to be a lucky choice. On Fondamenta Sant’Andrea, I stumbled across Palazzo Albrizzi, which had free admission to 2 art exhibitions, in a very pretty Palazzo. There are also musical performances held here. It might be worth checking out, if you’re in this part of town.

Outside the Palazzo, a slight contrast. The canal has been closed for renovation work on the walls, so it looked less than picturesque. (And, I have to admit, even as a devoted Venetophile, the sludge at the bottom of the canal was emitting an interesting aroma!)

And, for the graffiti followers in the crowd, here’s another that made use of the natural worn features of the wall.

Puzzle for today. Why were these flippers discarded? Whose were they? Where were they used?


Filed under Churches, Graffiti, Palazzos