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Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel -Ghajnsielem GOZO

By Edcat55
The harbour is dominated by a gothic church that fits Mgarr hill like a royal crown but whose existence may be owed to a mundane traveller. In 1879, it is said, some visitor pointed out that the rocks of the hill were similar to the Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes. Only 21 years had passed since young Bernardette was honoured with visions of Our Lady. So the pious Ghajnsilmizi could not take such a remark lightly. A statue of Our Lady of Lourdes soon appeared in the rocks. The statue of Our Lady of Lourdes n the rocks

The church itself was finished nine years later. Soon after World War II ended, an artistic marble altar was added to the imposing Lourdes Church, whose parvis commands splendid views of the harbour.

The chapel of our Lady of Lourdes, built on a hill used to be known 'tal-Qortin' overlooking Mgarr harbour. This was built in the year 1888. The work was finished by the Maltese architect Caruana Galizia on a Gothic style. This is a place of pilgrimage for people from all over the island, especially in the days coinciding with the 'visions of Our lady of Lourdes' in southern France. The benefactor of the statue was Carolina Mamo and the artist was Carlo Darmanin.


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viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2020 9:36AM
Beautiful light. So well photographed.

Phil.
Saastad Plus
2 16 15 Norway
6 Dec 2020 10:26AM
Well done!
6 Dec 2020 11:18AM
Interesting - both the church and from your POV.
Graham
SlowSong Plus
13 10.0k 30 England
6 Dec 2020 11:40AM
Standing proud. Super juxtaposition.
IamDora 1 6 Canada
6 Dec 2020 12:50PM
I like this pov with the church in all its splendour up there against a heavenly sky and the decay of the structures down here on earth in the fg. Very prophetic.
7 Dec 2020 2:01AM
Terrific commentary and a wonderful iconic image.

Peter
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11 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2020 11:56PM
What a place... Love the church on the top !!
Isabel GrinGrin

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