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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Msida Parish Church

Msida Parish Church

Triq il-Parroċċa, Msida, Malta The Parish Church of St. Joseph in Msida was built in 1889 and replaced the old church of the Immaculate Conception which used to serve as the parish church.
Tel:+356 21245350
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Nativity of Our Lady Church

Nativity of Our Lady Church

Triq it-Tiġrija, Xagħra, Gozo The parish church of ix-Xagħra is dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, locally known as ‘Il-Bambina’, and the fine marble interior of this church contains a particularly beautiful marble statue of the young virgin Mary ‘Il-Bambina’.
Tel:+356 21551211
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Naxxar Parish Church

Naxxar Parish Church

Misraħ ir-Rebħa, Naxxar, NXR 1200, Malta The parish church of Naxxar is dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary and was built by Tumas Dingli between 1616 and 1630.
Tel:+356 21435376
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Oratory of St. Francis

Oratory of St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi Church, Republic Street, Valletta, VLT 1110, Malta Formerly the friars’ refectory, this exquisite baroque oratory is currently used for musical recitals.
Tel:+356 21234019, +356 21248623
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Our Lady of Loreto Church

Our Lady of Loreto Church

Pjazza tad-Dehra, Għajnsielem, Gozo Għajnsielem became an autonomous parish by Papal decree in 1855. The Old Parish Church still stands but as the population of the village grew, a larger church was needed. Works on a new church in Gothic-Lombard style and in the shape of a Latin cross begun in 1924.
Tel:+356 21551211
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Parish Church of Jesus of Nazareth

Parish Church of Jesus of Nazareth

Triq Sant' Antnin, Tas-Sliema, SLM 1640, Malta The church of Jesus Of Nazareth was built by Marchese Ermolao Zimmermann Barbaro Di San Giorgio and it was dedicated in 1895.
Tel:+356 21245350
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Parish Church of our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Parish Church of our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Tower Road, Tas-Sliema, Malta The Parish Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or simply known as the Carmelite Church or Balluta Parish Church is a neo-gothic Roman Catholic parish church located in Balluta Bay in the town of St Julian's, Malta.
Tel:+356 21344306
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Parish Church of St. Catherine - Żurrieq

Parish Church of St. Catherine - Żurrieq

24, Misrah ir-Repubblika, Żurrieq, ZRQ 1011, Malta The Żurrieq Parish Church is one of the oldest churches found in the Maltese Islands.
Tel:+356 21642010
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