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Roadside Pilgrimage Chapel - Miniature Handmade Clay House HO Scale- Shrine to St. Francis of Assisi

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We are so excited to offer these new little structures to our world of miniatures that we create here. These are miniature renditions of roadside chapels that we can customize to suit your desire for a particular style or Patron Saint.

The chapel is created in HO scale and is made of premium polymer clay, hand formed and textured, put together and hand painted with acrylic paints. Then, a very small rendering of a painting of a patron saint in placed on the altar wall and a tiny altar shelf is added as well.

This little chapel is dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

Each roadside chapel is accompanied by a gift card that tells of the history of roadside chapels and the life of the Saint chosen for yours.

This Miniature Roadside Chapel is 2 1/4 inches high, 1 1/4 inch wide and 1 3/4 in deep

The HO scale figure shown are not included but can be added for a small cost. As pictured the prices are:
Franciscan Monk: $4
Catholic Nun : $4
Bicyclist: $5
Woman with Baggage: $4

We can also create a small landscaped area as a base for an extra charge. You can add bushes, grass, trees, rocks, stone walls etc etc. Convo us for details and pricing!

The final image above shows a selection of 12 saints that are just a small portion of the available saints for your own miniature shrine.

They are from top and left to right:

St Teresa of Avila - Patron Saint of Bodily Ills and Headaches
St Francis - Patron Saint of Animals and Merchants
St Agatha - Patron Saint of Protection of Women in Danger
St Catherine of Sienna - Patron Saint of Fire Prevention
St Joseph - Patron Saint of Workers
St Jude - Patron Saint of the Desperate Cases and Situations
St Patrick - Patron Saint of Ireland
Blessed Mary
St Lucy - Patron Saint of the Blind
St Sebastian - Patron Saint of Athletes
St Benedict - Patron Saint of Monks, Farmers and Students
St Anthony of Padua - Patron Saint of Finding Lost Articles

<>oOo<> Roadside Pilgrimage Chapels <>oOo<>

All throughout Europe and Mexico, and in the Catholic areas of the United States and Canada, one may encounter shrines built along roads and in other highly visible places. They can be built by cities on public property, or by business owners and other private citizens on private property but for the public good.

They are built for the general glory of God, or for a variety of more particular purposes, such as in gratitude to God and His Saints for certain blessings, as memorials to some great civic event in which God intervened, or as memorials to the dead, as is quite common along highways in the United States.

They are often built to beseech God and His Saints: for example, a city that sits next to a volcano might build a shrine to St. Agatha, who is invoked against volcanic eruptions, or a person who is afraid of violent storms might build a shrine to St. Barbara, who is invoked against such inclement weather.

These roadside shrines can be very simple or quite elaborate, and they can come in many styles, such as simple wooden crosses, niches in walls, small towers, grotto configurations, or even very tiny chapels that hold images and the means to light votive candles. They can be made of almost any material, and some are relatively unadorned, while others are painted, or tiled with mosaics in exquisite ways.

Grotto-style shrines have even been built out of discarded iron bathtubs half-buried in the ground and painted, with their backsides often plastered and adorned with stone, tiles, colored glass, or shells -- a common thing seen in the Eastern United States

I have also read that, dating back to Medieval times, they were placed at lower points along the main road leading to a monastery to allow the infirm and the aged to worship without having to endure a difficult climb.

<>oOo<> My Personal Interest and Remembrances <>oOo<>

As a child I grew up in a home that pushed no particular religion on me. I was not obligated to attend church of any kind. In truth, I would have if I had been asked to but I grew up without the sense of dread some kids have for the weekly journey to church..

Now, looking back, what I DO remember was the deep faith of my beloved grandmother and how, in my childhood home, there was no shortage of the images and invocation of saints around. As a child I was mesmerized by the tall "saint candles" she would burn as their faces illuminated the quiet hours of darkness in our home. :)

Any meaning of them was really just in my periphery though and It wasn't until years later when a fellow artist I knew in Pennsylvania began creating a series of images based on the lives of female saints that I became more familiar with them again in adulthood.

I also found them in my own travels along the roadsides of our nation, and many other places I've visited such as Belgium, France and Greece, it is not unusual to find little roadside chapels tucked away in the least likely of places.

Today, they are a personal reminder of the faith and love my grandmother held in her heart, and instilled in me without any forceful doctrine. I find myself drawn to the saints now, as I was then.

Roadside Pilgrimage Chapel - Miniature Handmade Clay House HO Scale- Shrine to St. Francis of Assisi


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