Walking through the streets of historic Rome, you often see little altars on the corners of the buildings, with images of the Madonna. They are, in fact, known as madonnelle and they have been popular since the Middle Ages. The oldest of these small monuments trace the history of the various districts, of the Virgin cult, and celebrate local miracles. There are probably about a hundred of these madonnelle in Rome, mostly in the older districts like Trevi, Parione, Regola and Sant'Eustachio. Every altar bears an inscription explaining the reason for this little votive monument.
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