Religious Sites

Sacred Islands BrochureThe Maltese are among the oldest Christian peoples in the world. St. Paul, shipwrecked as a captive en route to Rome in A.D. 60, brought the Christian faith to Malta. His steps can be retraced in the shrines, grottos and catacombs of Rabat and in the ancient capital, Mdina.

There are over 360 churches and chapels scattered throughout the islands. You can usually locate the centre of any town or village by driving towards the parish church which dominates the skyline, although many may have more than one large church and several chapels. You can't help but notice the islands' Baroque churches with their red or silver painted domes. They form an integral part of the landscape and are at the heart of Maltese social and cultural life.

Many of these buildings are veritable works of art. You will notice how local craftsmen and artisans adorned the inside and exteriors of churches and cathedrals with intricate decorations and stone sculptures depicting saints, angels and sacred symbols.

Perhaps most intriguing of all religious sites are the small, wayside chapels. Some are excavated in the rock; others cling to cliffs. All are places of quiet contemplation.

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Church of the Resurrection of Jesus, Pembroke

Church of the Resurrection of Jesus, Pembroke

Misrah il-Paci Pembroke, Malta The Church of the Resurrection of Jesus is situated in Pembroke, Malta.
Tel:+356 21372740
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Church of the Sacred Heart

Church of the Sacred Heart

Triq il-Għajn, Fontana, Gozo Il-Fontana, these days a suburb of ir-Rabat (Victoria), lies on the road to ix-Xlendi and traditionally most of the fishermen who operated out of ix-Xlendi Bay lived in this village.
Tel:+356 21551211
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Collegiate Parish Church of St. Paul's Shipwreck

Collegiate Parish Church of St. Paul's Shipwreck

St. Paul's Street, Valletta, Malta The church of St. Paul traces its origins to the 1570s. Although the church of the Dominican fathers had already been declared as parish of Valletta, the Cathedral Chapter insisted on having a church of its own from where to administer sacraments to the inhabitants.
Tel:+356 21245350
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Corpus Christi Church

Corpus Christi Church

Triq il-Fanal, Għasri, Gozo The parish church of l-Għasri, the smallest village in Gozo, is dedicated to Corpus Christi. It was designed by Dun Ġużepp Diacono and constructed early in the twentieth century. Its foundation stone was laid in 1903.
Tel:+356 21551211
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Dominican Priory - Rabat

Dominican Priory - Rabat

College Street Rabat, Malta A Maltese priest, Rev. Pietru Zurchi, established the Dominican Priory and the Church dedicated to Our Lady of the Grotto in 1450.
Tel:+356 21454592
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Gżira Parish Church

Gżira Parish Church

Triq Manoel de Vilhena, Gżira, Malta The parish church in Gżira is dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and was built after Gżira became a parish in 1921.
Tel:+356 21335841
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Mdina Cathedral

Mdina Cathedral

St. Paul's Square, Mdina, Malta The Cathedral also know as St. Paul's Cathedral is the architectural crown of the elegant, walled city of Mdina. A late 17th century masterpiece of Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafà, it lies on the site of a much earlier Norman church that was destroyed by the violent earthquake of 1693.
Tel:+356 21 456 620
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Mosta Dome

Mosta Dome

Main Street, Mosta, Malta 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.
Tel:+356 21245350
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