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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Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy - Naxxar

Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy - Naxxar

San Pawl tat-Tarġa, Naxxar, Malta Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy.
Tel:+356 21581266
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Sarria Church

Sarria Church

Triq Sarria, Floriana, Malta This imposing dome was originally a chapel built with funds provided by the Knight Fra Martino de Sarria in 1585. The original chapel was replaced in 1676 by a church dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.
Tel:+356 21245350
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St. Augustine Church

St. Augustine Church

Old Bakery Street, Valletta, VLT 1452, Malta St Augustine Parish Church is one of the churches built during the creation of the new city of Valletta, Malta.
Tel:+356 99477344
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St. Barbara Church

St. Barbara Church

Republic Street, Valletta, VLT 1111, Malta The parish church for French and German speaking residents in Malta.
Tel:+356 21651057
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St. Catherine's Church

St. Catherine's Church

Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta St Catherine’s Church was designed by Girolamo Cassar for the Italian Knights, it adjoins the Auberge d’Italie and the church is still used today by the Italian community.
Tel:+356 22915440
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St. George's Basilica

St. George's Basilica

Charity Street, Victoria, Gozo The parish originated in medieval times (definitely before 1450) and the foundation stone of the present church was laid in 1672. It is rightly referred to as the marble basilica, as it is entirely covered with marble.
Tel:+356 21551211
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St. Gregory's Church

St. Gregory's Church

Triq San Girgor, Żejtun, Malta Although dedicated to St. Catherine, Żejtun’s first parish church is commonly known as St. Gregory’s because of the annual pilgrimage to this place. It is one of Malta’s finest old churches.
Tel:+356 21694563
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St. Helen's Parish Church, B'Kara

St. Helen's Parish Church, B'Kara

Triq M. Pulis, Birkirkara, Malta Birkirkara Parish Church dedicated to St. Helen.
Tel:+356 22915440
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