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Walk With Your Nose Up in Genova

By March 16, 2012 No Comments

A definite on your must-do list in Genova. While walking through Genoa medieval alleys, you’ll have to walk with your nose up to the sky, to make sure you can appreciate the beauty of the architecture of the palazzi. This is the best way to discover and admire the hidden treasures and enjoy the full beauty of the impressive buildings flanking the narrow lanes in Genoa’s historical centre.

You’ll certainly note that in some corners of some buildings there are unique Votive aedicules. Votive aedicules, most dedicated to the Madonna, can be found on practically every street corner. They first became popular in the twelfth century and continued to develop as an art form throughout the middle ages.

Aedicole votive in the corner of a palace in Genoa

Aedicole votive in the corner of a palace in Genoa

Often people ask me the meaning of these votive aedicules. They were realized even on on the walls of the houses to invoke the divine protection. In addition to the Virgin Mary, portrayals of St. George and St. John the Baptist, the patron saints of Genoa, are also common.

Aedicole votive in the corner of a palace in Genoa

So, nose up to the sky while walking in Genoa old town.

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