Tag Archives: Church

St. Joseph Church | Qala, Gozo | 1 October 2014

The parish church of il-Qala was designed by Dun Ġużepp Diacono, the same architect-priest who designed the church of l-Għasri. It was constructed between 1882 and 1889, when he was serving as parish priest in il-Qala. The church is baroque in style, like many of Gozo’s churches (whether they were built in the seventeenth century or the twentieth!).

Il-Qala became a parish on 3rd February 1872, the first to be established after the creation of the Diocese of Gozo (separate from Malta). The seat of the parish church was the church of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady until St Joseph’s was completed in 1889. The church was consecrated in 1904 and became Archipresbyteral in 1965.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/stjosephchurch

© Tony Blood - St. Joseph Church. Qala, Gozo, 1 October 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Joseph Church. Qala, Gozo, 1 October 2014

© Tony Blood - St. Joseph Church. Qala, Gozo, 1 October 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Joseph Church. Qala, Gozo, 1 October 2014

Mellieħa Bay | Mellieħa, Malta | 4 September 2014

Mellieħa Bay is the largest beach of thirteen pocket beaches around Mellieħa. It is a sheltered beach between two headlands and is situated on the Northern part of the Island.

Its sand has a low gradient slope and together with its clear, shallow water makes it the most popular family beach on the island. Mellieħa Bay has most facilities and services including restaurants and two hotels. Some parts of the bay are designated for water sports and wind surfing. Beach management is operated between June and September by the Malta Tourism Authority with the cooperation of Mellieħa Local Council. It includes the services of lifeguards, a small First Aid clinic, two beach supervisors and a number of persons in charge of beach maintenance. It is an accessible beach furnished with a mobile toilet, wheelchair access and special sand wheelchair buggies for physically impaired bathers. In 2011 the beach was awarded a Beach of Quality Award. Mellieħa Bay has an old castle perched on one side while the old village of Mellieħa is situated high on the opposite side. The hinterland of Mellieħa Bay was once an important salt flat and wetland, known as L-Għadira. It is now a Nature Reserve that boasts of indigenous flora and fauna, and is popular with bird watchers who study local and migratory birds. Mellieħa Bay is also referred to as L-Għadira.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/melliehabay

© Tony Blood - Mellieħa Bay, Mellieħa, Malta, 4 September 2014

© Tony Blood – Mellieħa Bay, Mellieħa, Malta, 4 September 2014

Parish Church of Mellieħa | Mellieħa, Malta | 1 September 2014

The Parish Church of Mellieha is dedicated to the Birth of Our Lady, and was built between 1881 and 1898. All the stone was cut from a nearby quarry at l-Ahrax tal-Mellieha and transported up to Mellieha by the local peasants, who worked laboriously to see their wish of having a new church come true. Once the church’s building was completed, the Parish Priests Dun Frangisk Magri, Dun Carlo Cortis and Dun Indri Fenech endeavoured to embellish the interior. 

Thus between 1920 and 1940 the belfries and dome were erected, five bellsdedicated to St. Frances, St. Joseph, St. Anthony, St. Paul and the Virgin Marywere brought from Milan, and the church altars were decorated with paintings by the best Maltese artists, including the renowned Giuseppe Calì and Lazzru Pisani.

Information from:
Web: http://www.mellieha.com/parish_church.htm

© Tony Blood - Parish Church of Mellieħa. Mellieħa, Malta, 1 September 2014

© Tony Blood – Parish Church of Mellieħa. Mellieħa, Malta, 1 September 2014

Żebbuġ Parish Church | Żebbuġ, Gozo | 30 August 2014

Many churches in Malta and Gozo have works of art made from this onyx but iż-Żebbuġ church is by far the most spectacular. It is covered with this semi-precious stone. The high altar, the choir, and the baptistery are all sculpted out of this onyx.

Iż-Żebbuġ became an independent parish in 1688 and the building of the present church (without the onyx) started in 1690. The church, dedicated to Santa Marija (St Mary) the Assumption, was consecrated in 1726. The Cathedral apart, it is the oldest parish church to be consecrated in Gozo.

Worthy of special mention is the altarpiece of the Immaculate Conception in a chapel in the left transept, known by the locals as tal-Virtut (of the miracles). Local folklore has it that the radiant face of the Virgin turns yellowish and pale before an impending natural catastrophe. It is also said that one day, when some corsairs dared to devastate the countryside as far as the village, a lady that resembled the image in the altarpiece appeared on the spot hurling stones to repel the enemy.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitgozo.com/en/item/towns-villages/iz-zebbug-1165/

© Tony Blood - Żebbuġ Parish Church, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Żebbuġ Parish Church, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

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© Tony Blood – Żebbuġ Parish Church, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

Madonna Statue | Chapel of the Immaculate Conception | L-Aħrax, Mellieha, Malta | 27 August 2014

The Madonna Statue is located in front of the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the end of Marfa Ridge road. It was built in 1870 with an accompanying chapel which, legend has it, was built by a fisherman in thanks for surviving when his boat capsized. The original chapel was at one point in danger of collapsing so a new one was built in 1961. This is an idyllic spot for those searching for some untouched countryside, and is often used for picnics.

Information from:
Web: http://exploremellieha.com/placesofinterest

© Tony Blood - Madonna Statue. Chapel of Immaculate Conception. Mellieha, Malta, 27 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Madonna Statue. Chapel of Immaculate Conception. Mellieha, Malta, 27 August 2014

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© Tony Blood – Madonna Statue. Chapel of Immaculate Conception. Mellieha, Malta, 27 August 2014

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© Tony Blood – Chapel of Immaculate Conception. Mellieha, Malta, 27 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Chapel of Immaculate Conception. Mellieha, Malta, 27 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Chapel of Immaculate Conception. Mellieha, Malta, 27 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Chapel of Immaculate Conception. Mellieha, Malta, 27 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Chapel of Immaculate Conception. Mellieha, Malta, 27 August 2014

Naxxar Parish Church | Naxxar, Malta | 26 August 2014

The parish church of Naxxar is dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary and was built by Tumas Dingli between 1616 and 1630. Later on, the church was enlarged and restored with a side isle and a new façade.

Information from:
Web: http://www.malta.com/en/local-information/parish-church/naxxar

© Tony Blood - Naxxar Parish Church. Naxxar, Malta, 26 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Naxxar Parish Church. Naxxar, Malta, 26 August 2014

The Feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea | Paris Church of Stella Maris | Sliema, Malta | 24 August 2014

The Feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea is celebrated in the town of Sliema in Malta.

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© Tony Blood – The Feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea. Paris Church of Stella Maris, Sliema, Malta, 24 August 2014

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© Tony Blood - The Feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea. Paris Church of Stella Maris, Sliema, Malta, 24 August 2014

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© Tony Blood – The Feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea. Paris Church of Stella Maris, Sliema, Malta, 24 August 2014

© Tony Blood - The Feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea. Paris Church of Stella Maris, Sliema, Malta, 24 August 2014

© Tony Blood – The Feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea. Paris Church of Stella Maris, Sliema, Malta, 24 August 2014

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© Tony Blood - The Feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea. Paris Church of Stella Maris, Sliema, Malta, 24 August 2014

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© Tony Blood – The Feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea. Paris Church of Stella Maris, Sliema, Malta, 24 August 2014

© Tony Blood - The Feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea. Paris Church of Stella Maris, Sliema, Malta, 24 August 2014

© Tony Blood – The Feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea. Paris Church of Stella Maris, Sliema, Malta, 24 August 2014

St. Anne Church | Marsaskala, Malta | 22 August 2014

Wied il-Għajn, also known as Marsaskala, became a parish in 1949, and the small church of St. Anne, the property of the Senglea Chapter became the parish church. The present church was built in 1953.

Information from:
Web: http://marsaskalaparish.org/stanna-parish/

© Tony Blood - St. Anne Church. Marsaskala, Malta, 22 August 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Anne Church. Marsaskala, Malta, 22 August 2014

St. Paul’s Collegiate Church | Rabat, Malta | 19 August 2014

The church is built over the ditch of the Roman city which also included a large part of Rabat. The church is also built over the grotto where according to tradition St. Paul was kept prisoner during his three months stay in Malta in 60 A.D. In 1336 bishop Hilarius refers to the church as ecclesia Sancti Pauli de crypta , and also mentions the cemetery and the Roman ditch. Several churches have been built on the site both by the diocese and the Knights of St. John. The present church was built with funds provided by the noble woman Guzmana Navarra on plans prepared by F. Bonamico. The church was completed by Lorenzo Gafà in 1683.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/stpaulschurchrabat

© Tony Blood - St. Paul's Collegiate Church. Rabat, Malta, 19 August 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Paul’s Collegiate Church. Rabat, Malta, 19 August 2014

Mosta Dome | Mosta, Malta | 5 August 2014

Built in 1860 over another church that was built in 1614, the church of St. Mary is the Parish church of Mosta. The interior of the church is quite impressive with its circular shape and clear interior.

The awesome dome is the fourth largest in the world and famous due to the incident that took place during WWII – a bomb, which pierced the dome in 1942 landed on the church floor and slid across the floor without exploding! The church was crowded when the bomb hit and all were spared. The bomb is now on display in a small museum attached to the church.

Mosta’s titular feast – that of St. Mary or the Assumption of Our Lady – held on August 15th is a high point in the local religious celebrations. The people of Mosta rally in front of the Rotunda in a manifestation of joy, merrymaking and social wellbeing.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/mostadome

© Tony Blood - Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

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© Tony Blood – Unexploded Bomb. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

Senglea, Malta | 30 July 2014

This small city, one of the so-called Three Cities, stands on a narrow promontory jutting into Grand Harbour.

The land was fortified in 1551 by Grand Master Claude de la Sengle. The Maltese often use the area’s earlier name, L-Isla, meaning the island or perhaps short for `peninsula’. During the Great Siege of 1565, Senglea was protected by Fort St. Michael on its landward side and by Fort St. Angelo on the tip of Vittoriosa across the creek. The heroic role played by its people led Grand Master Jean de la Valette to give the city the title of Citta’ Invicta, the invincible city. Like its sister cities, Senglea suffered heavy damage during World War II. More than 75 percent of its buildings were destroyed. The parish church dedicated to the Nativity of the Madonna was rebuilt and retains its artistic heritage.

The city is noted for its superb harbour views across to Valletta from Safe Haven Gardens at Senglea Point. The stone vedette, known as Il-Gardjola, on the bastion-point served as a look-out post to guard the harbour entrance. The sculptured eye and ear above its windows are symbols of vigilance.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/senglea

© Tony Blood - View of Birgu. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood – View of Birgu. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Senglea Harbour, Malta, 30 July 2014

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© Tony Blood - Door Knob. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

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© Tony Blood – Point Sally Port, Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Point Sally Port, Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Point Sally Port, Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

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© Tony Blood – Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

Marsaxlokk Parish Church | Masaxlokk, Malta | 23 July 2014

The Parish Church in the summer resort of Marsaxlokk was built in 1897 and is dedicated to our Lady of Pompei. The parish in Marsaxlokk is today the venue of a national pilgrimage every year on the 8th May.

Information from:
Web: http://www.malta.com/en/local-information/parish-church/marsaxlokk

© Tony Blood - Marsaxlokk Parish Church. Marsaxlokk, Malta, 23 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Marsaxlokk Parish Church. Marsaxlokk, Malta, 23 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Marsaxlokk Parish Church. Marsaxlokk, Malta, 23 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Marsaxlokk Parish Church. Marsaxlokk, Malta, 23 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Marsaxlokk Parish Church. Marsaxlokk, Malta, 23 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Marsaxlokk Parish Church. Marsaxlokk, Malta, 23 July 2014