The praying shrines, called in dialect “Tribuneddi” are an historical and artistic heritage which risk to disappear because they are often considered less important than architectural buildings.
Its origin dates back to the early days of Christianity when Virgin Mary images depicted on stone or wood were placed in Aedicule (temples), in small shrines, in chapels or niches and put into the external walls of the buildings. The peak of this shrine tradition was reached during the Greek-Roman era as those small temples included, in miniature, the essential elements of temple architecture summarized in a small gable or pediment supported by two columns.
These little shrines are often found along old ancient roads, in the crossroads of ancient rural roads, along the main ways and along the processional routes. Normally they have been built by the will of private citizens who demanded the protection and intercession of saints, as a votive offering, but were stonemasons who realized those masterpieces.