Photographer's Note

Traveling the roads of Greece, it won't be long until one of these shrines catches your attention. It may take a few of them blurring by before you realise what you're seeing is not a bizarre mailbox or the Greek version of a roadside telephone.
Behind the small glass doors, a candle flickers, a colour picture of a saint stares back, and the top of the box is crowned with a cross or perhaps a row of Greek letters. Farther along, a brightly whitewashed building the size of a children's playhouse stands out against the grey-green leaves of the olive trees.
Outsiders assume, sometimes rightly, that the shrine is built to act as a remembrance for a traffic accident victim. This is true in some cases, but they are often built by a survivor of a potentially tragic accident, or to publicaly thank a saint for a benefit, not commorate a tragedy.
This particular one is set on the mountain side above the town where I live. Polygyros, Halkidiki.

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