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Basilica of Our Lady of Ta-Pina in Malta

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Basilica of Our Lady of Ta-Pina in Malta

To get acquainted with the history of Malta, it is important to visit the island of Gozo: there are a number of amazing objects on it, including the Basilica of Our Lady of Ta-Pina. This attraction has many stories that locals and guides like to tell. The Basilica is the largest church on Gozo, located on the top of a hill among agricultural land: every year tens of thousands of believers and ordinary tourists tend to get here.


The Basilica of the Virgin Mary Ta-Pinu was built in 1920 from local stone rocks. The cathedral has an interesting history:

  • In the 16th century there was a chapel of the Assumption of Our Lady, in which was stored the image of the Mother of God, created by the artist Amedeo Perugino
  • In the summer of 1883, a local resident saw the appearance of the Mother of God at this place, and after that miracles began to occur in the vicinity: people were cured, the plague on the island was even defeated
  • In 1920, a large temple was built on the site of the former church and consecrated in 1931
  • In 1932, Pope Pius XI gave the church the rank of basilica.

Church feature

The building was built in the Romanesque style, and Italian design features are visible in a separate bell tower. Behind the altar in the new church are fragments of the old chapel, the body of Carmela Grime, the local resident who saw the Virgin in 1883, is buried there.

Pilgrim offerings are located on both sides of the church entrance: children's clothing, letters from Americans who were in the twin towers on September 11, 2001, and household items. When attending church, it’s important to remember the modest closed clothing. Thousands of people come here every year to thank or ask the Virgin Mary for help in solving various life problems.

Inside the church you can see a large number of stone paintings along with mosaic elements that adorn the friezes of the nave and the altar.

Interesting Facts

  • The basilica is named after Filippino Gauchi - the caretaker of the old church ("Pina" - the diminutive form of the name "Filippino").
  • Building height is 61 meters.
  • The church belongs to the denomination of Catholicism.


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