Bicycle Diaries: Shrine of the Vélotariat

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4.11.09

Shrine of the Vélotariat

blessing the bike


On 2 November, The Oregonian reported that St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in downtown Portland has
become the nation's first church with a permanent indoor shrine honoring the Madonna del Ghisallo, who is the patron saint of cyclists. An entire section of the 80-year-old wood-and-stone sanctuary will be set aside for bike commuters to contemplate their travels and remember those who have died while cycling.
A painting of the Madonna del Ghisallo (above) by local artist Martin Wolfe will hang above bike parking and a nave where travelers can light candles or sit in reflection.

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