Proposed features/wayside shrine

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Status: Proposed (under way)
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Tagging: historic=wayside_shrine
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Definition: A wayside shrine as found especially in catholic areas in Europe


Shows the location of a wayside shrine.

These are rather frequent in southern Germany and Austria, where they are known under various names: Bildstock, Marter, Marterl etc. They are usually made from stone, about 2m high and often show religious depictions.

Optionally a name and the construction year can be added with the name and start_date keys respectively.

Pictures can be found here:


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A real world example, the "Wettermarter" in Dörfleins near Bamberg ([1]).



  • This is just a type of memorial EXACTLY as the references define them ( with my google translation! ) so add type=shrine to Tag:historic=memorial. It may also be appropriate to expand the list to include other memorial types Lsces 07:54, 29 January 2008 (UTC)
  • I disagree. While mapping a wayside_shrine, I'd never consider it being a memorial. I support the extra value. --SlowRider 10:08, 6 February 2008 (UTC)
  • While a wayside_shrine can be erected in memory of someone or something it's primary purpose is not as a memorial as I understand it. Today it's more of a navigational aid than POI, at least as far as I understand it (I'm a protestant), so I support the extra value. --Deelkar (talk) 09:48, 7 February 2008 (UTC)
  • I was looking for a tag for wayside crosses(called "Wegkreuz" in german), because it's a common POI for hiking in germany. I also support this extra value --StRafl 10:14, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • This should go under "place of worship". --Lulu-Ann 15:59, 25 May 2010 (UTC)