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Public-images-osm logo.svg building = wayside_shrine
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A wayside shrine that meets the criteria of a building. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Area building=yes.png
Group: buildings
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
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Status: in use

The tag building=wayside_shrine is used to map a very small building which shows a religious depiction as a wayside shrine, if it has a roof and is large enough for at least one person to enter (these are the usual criteria for a building).

This tag can also be used to mark wayside shrines created in modern times – not just “historic” ones. There is also tag historic=wayside_shrine and some advocate that it should be added only to historic ones, but that tags is extremely widely used for all (see Counterintuitive keys and values).

building=wayside_shrine has a certain problem, as building=* designates building structure and not its current function. building=wayside_shrine may have form of a shrine but be no longer a shrine.

See also this Taginfo comparison and this OSM tag history as a curve chart for the usage counts of these two tags.


  • For larger (but still small) christian buildings, that can be entered by one or more people, consider using the tag building=chapel.
  • For non-christian buildings of this kind use the tag building=shrine.

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