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Norwich, Connecticut: Sanctuary of Love (Gone)

Route 12 (N Main St).

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Line of Angels.

Sanctuary of Love

This place has closed unfortunately. The old guy had to go into a nursing home, the city took over the property for the back taxes he owed and they sold all the statuary. It's a was so tacky and so unforgettable. The "bathtubs" for the statues are still in place, which gives the place and interesting, haunted look.

[Ann Miller, 06/01/2004]

Salvatore Verdirome, 84, died May 15, 2004. He began constructing religious bathtub shrines in 1971, and filled his yard with them. All the statues were sold at an auction.

Bathtubs and Madonnas.

Sanctuary of Love

Here are pictures I took at the Sanctuary of Love in Norwich, CT. Although the welcome sign has been replaced with a condemned sign, the icons don't seem to be going anywhere, and there's even someone living in the house on the property. Here is another view with lots of angels.

[David Cholewa, 03/16/2002]
Sanctuary of Love

This attraction, which to many seems to be nothing more than an eyesore, will soon be closed down due to foreclosure. An article in the newspaper this past week alleges that the owner owes more than $60,000 in taxes. Perhaps he should have charged for people to look at his bathtubs!

[anon., 10/14/2000]
Sanctuary of Love

There is a house in Norwich that has dozens of bathtubs, with religious statues in them. On the walking paths around the yard, passages about God and faith are etched in the stone.

[Missbeeee, 07/25/1998]

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