If you asked most people where they associated with Italian culture, they would probably say Italy. If you asked them their second pick, they might say New Jersey! The Garden State definitely has a rich heritage of Italian immigration, with the first generation bringing their food, their culture, and their faith. New Jersey has a strong Catholic tradition, as you probably guessed from all the impressive Catholic churches on every corner. That was the origin of one famous shrine in New Jersey – the St. Padre Pio Shrine in the tiny town of Landisville. Created by Marie D’Andrea after a 1997 visit to Italy, this massive roadside shrine has become an attraction for the faithful – but few know the origin of the beautiful bronze statue at its center.

Have you visited the St. Padre Pio Shrine in Landisville? Let us know about your trip to this famous shrine in New Jersey, and if you got a close look at its Italian centerpiece. If you’re interested in learning more, the shrine’s website contains a full history and photo gallery. For another adventure celebrating New Jersey’s rich Italian tradition, check out this iconic family-owned restaurant.

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