Malta Tourism Authority’s series of themed maps introduced a new addition this year; the Pilgrimage Trail, which showcases the most beautiful churches and religious spots across the archipelago. With more than 360 churches and chapels scattered across Malta and Gozo, the religious sites highlighted in the map form an integral part of the country’s history, landscape and skyline – they are at the heart of Maltese social and cultural life.
Malta is believed to be the first country to be converted to Christianity, when St Paul was shipwrecked on the Islands in AD 60. St. Paul’s grotto is still visited by thousands of tourists each year. Malta was ruled by the knights of St. John during the 16th and 18th centuries and today remains one of the most devout Catholic countries in the world.
It Pilgrimage Trail plant de haadstêd, Valletta, en de eilannen stevich as ien fan 'e top-pylgertochten fan Jeropa en in must-visit religieuze bestimming foar 2019.
- Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Valletta – the silhouette of the buildings 42-metre high oval dome dominates the skyline and is home to a painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel dating back to the 17th century.
- St John’s Co Cathedral, Valletta – The jaw dropping interior, elaborately created by Mattia Preti is widely considered to be the best example of baroque style in Europe. The magnificent cathedral is also home to the only signed Caravaggio painting in the world.
- St Paul’s Cathedral, Mdina – Founded in the 17th century, the cathedral is widely believed to be a Lorenzo Gafa masterpiece. The cathedral stands tall in the middle of ‘the silent city’ and it’s façade impresses visitors as they emerge from Mdina’s narrow streets.
- Cathedral of Assumption, Gozo – Dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, the impressive structure is situated in Cittadella of Victoria in Gozo. The church is more than 300 years old, completed 1711, and boasts a beautiful baroque exterior.
- Our Lady on Ta’Pinu, Gozo – In 1883 a woman from the village of Għarb, Karmni Grima, heard the voice of Our Lady at the small chapel that then occupied this site. It rapidly became the center of pilgrimage and the number of visitors soon overwhelmed the little church. Today’s monumental shrine to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu was built between 1920 and 1931 and was heralded as an architectural masterpiece. The sanctuary was constructed in front of the original chapel.
For more information on religious sites, visit visitmalta.com
De sinnige eilannen fan Malta, yn 'e midden fan' e Middellânske See, binne thús in opmerklikste konsintraasje fan yntakt boud erfguod, ynklusyf de heegste tichtens fan UNESCO Wrâlderfguodsiten yn elke nasjonale steat oeral. Valletta boud troch de grutske Knights of St. John is ien fan 'e UNESCO-plakken en de Jeropeeske haadstêd fan kultuer foar 2018. It patrimonium fan Malta yn stien farieart fan' e âldste frijsteande stienarsjitektuer yn 'e wrâld, oant ien fan' e meast formidabele fan it Britske ryk ferdigeningssystemen, en omfettet in rike miks fan ynlânske, religieuze en militêre arsjitektuer út 'e âlde, midsieuske en iermoderne perioaden. Mei prachtich sinnich waar, oantreklike strannen, in bloeiend útgeanslibben en 7,000 jier yntrigearjende skiednis, is d'r in soad te sjen en te dwaan.