Photographer's Note

Roadside shrines (Kandilakia) erected in memory of those who lost their lives in road accidents are a common sight across Greece. They are found next to highways, 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. Another type of Kandilakia symbolises votive offerings thanking god for a miraculous saving in what might have been a fatal accident. Others still, are shrines meant to invite prayer or rest on a long journey. Many of these shrines, especially those near villages, are maintained by the villagers. More modern ones have electric lights, batteries and solar panels installed.

In the past, cultures around the world erected stones in memory of those who died, either in a battle field or at home, such as runestones of the Vikings and hero stones of India. The roadside shrines of Greece, called kandilakia, may be regarded as one of these types.

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  • Copyright: Alex Fan Moniz (LondonBoy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 0 N: 615] (2472)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2022-03-25
  • Camera: Canon EOS 1300D
  • Esposizione: f/0.1, 30 secondi
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2022-04-12 12:14
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