The article is very informative but it doesn`t contain any up-to-date photos of roadside shrines. I thought I could make up for it.
I took these photos outside Cracow, along a distance of about 15 kilometers. On average every two kilometers there is some religious site. Of course, it doesn`t mean they are put up only in the countryside. They are in the cities and towns too, but not so numerous.
The roadside religious sites may take different forms and shapes.
A simple wooden cross:
Crosses are sometimes more elaborate, made of stone, concrete or metal:
Very often it is a figure of a holy person, mostly Virgin Mary.
Sometimes it looks like a pillar or a tower.....
Or even a column:
The biggest, but also the rarest are small chapels with religious statues or even little altars inside:
Apart from shrines on the roads there are also sites with religious symbols to commemorate victims of accidents. Such sites are usually marked with a simple cross, not too high, sometimes with a plaque. They are not graves, of course. According to Polish law, putting anything like that on the side of the road requires a permission from the road maintenance service. But permissions are not given.... So, practically, all those crosses are illegal. But the road services are tolerant and don`t remove them.
The Orthodox crosses and chapels from southern Poland. In the past it was a region densely populated by Lemks, who have a lot in common with Rus people from the Ukraine. In 1947 the communist regime used force to transfer them to other regions of the country. Today they live scattered in western Poland.
A Catholic road cross.....
and an Orthodox/Greek Catholic chapel 100 meters away.