Mosques / Shrines / Churches, Gibraltar
Gibraltar has many houses of worship from various centuries. One of them is the Moorish style Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity which was completed in 1832 and consecrated in 1838.
The Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe was inaugurated at a service in this Cathedral in 1981.
The Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity is located at Cathedral Square, right in the city centre of Gibraltar.
Our stop at Europa Point gave us the opportunity to not only enjoy the magnificent sea views and the lighthouse but also admire the Ibrahim-Al-Ibrahim Mosque which is located several hundred metres inland from the lighthouse and ocean.
It faces the ocean and when lit up at night it would be seen for miles out at sea.
A nice mosque but we were not given the opportunity to go inside on our 2 hour bus tour of the Rock.
King's Chapel is next door to the Governor's House (Convent) it was once the Chapel to the Convent. Two former Governor's of Gibraltar are buried here.
It was completed in 1560 and was the Convent until the early 1800's. It then became the Chapel for the Governor of Gibraltar. Its really nice inside, quiet and peaceful. And it is open all day, every day.
There is no entrance fee, but donations can be given.
In 1951 a ship in the harbour full of ammunition blew up and caused extensive damage to the chapel and other buildings on Gibraltar. A lot of restoration had to be carried out.
Mary artefacts are on show including a silver chalice inscribed 1710 and has the coat of arms of Queen Anne.
The Chapel is used at the army chapel.
Our #3 bus took us on a switchback ride up the rocky slopes to Europa Point, located at the southern end of the Rock of Gibraltar. The bus finally came to rest on the point, where it sat for 15-minutes before beginning the return journey. While there, we had a quick look at one of the nearby attractions - the impressive looking Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque (also known as the "King Fahd bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Mosque" or the "Mosque of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques" depending on who you are talking to). By the way, the white line running across the background peaks is some sort of surface pipeline.
Although only about 7% of the Gibraltar population are Muslim, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia felt that the colony should have a significant Muslim structure to commemorate the many hundreds of years when Muslims ruled supreme in this little outpost of Europe. Two years and five million pounds later, the Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque was opened in 1997 to serve the colony's 2000-strong Muslim population.
While looking at the Mosque, I noticed a smaller crenellated and historic looking building located next door. It turns out that this castle-like structure was built by Royal Engineers in 1988 as part of the refurbishment of an older building located there beside a large water storage cistern known as the "Nun's Well". After all the seiges Gibraltar has been through, the authorities made sure that they always had enough clean drinking water on hand!
Locatedat the Southern end of the Rock, the shrine was originally a mosque and converted into a chapel by the Spainards in 1462.There you will see the 15th century statue of the virgin and child. There is a museum at the shrine talking about the long history.
The second cathedral of Gibraltar is the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned and it's a Roman Catholic cathedral. It's easy to find as it's on main street, not far from the statue of the soldier of the Corps of the Royal Engineers.
This cathedral was built 1462 over a Mosque by the Spanish, who had named it Santa María. Look at the courtyard and you'll be able to recognise a few moorish elements, there. The bell tower in the photo is younger, since it was added in 1820.
Gibraltar has two cathedrals, one is a Roman Catholic cathedral and one, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, belongs to the Church of England. It was built between 1825 and 1832, and was consecrated 6 years later, in 1838.
What I find interesting in this cathedral is that fact that its architecture presents some Moorish elements. The arches in particular - shaped as a horseshoe - imitate the Moorish style. Inside you can see some interesting black and white photogras of the town, past and present.
Located at the southern end of The Rock, this shrine was originally a mosque and converted into a chapel by the Spaniards in 1462. The light that was kept burning in a tower above the chapel was the original Gibraltar lighthouse. Although the shrine was plundered and pillaged by the pirate Red Beard, its most valuable treasure - the 15th century statue of the Virgin and Child - is still venerated there to this day. There is a museum at the Shrine that depicts its long history.
Monday - Friday 1100hrs - 1900hrs - Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
1300hrs - 1400hrs Closed for lunch
This looks a nice church yet I have never found it opened yet!
Building of the church started in 1853 and it was opened in May 1854. It celebrated its 150th anniversary last year.
There was originally a large number of Scottish Military that were based n Gibraltar so I presume the church would have been used by them.
You can also marry here whether you live in Gibraltar or not.
Sunday services are at 10.30am
Besides the small chapel there is also a little museum.
Apparently the shrine was robbedby a pirate called Red Beard but thankfully the 15th century statue of Our Lady and Jesus is still there.Outside the shrine there is a whipping post which was used by the British when the Shrine was used by them as a guardhouse.
This is sort of a small chapel, shrine and a museum. I thought it was really lovely here, I lit a candle and then a lady asked did we want any information, I think she was sort of a curator. She was a Gibraltarian and was sooooo helpful, such a lovely lady and she spent quite a while chatting to us. The shrine was so very important to her.
The shrine however, used to be a mosque but was converted to a christian chapel in 1462 by the Spanish.
The tower which is attached to the shrine was once the original lighthouse.
This church is built on land that used to be a mosque. Kind Ferdinand and Queen Isabella bought the bells and the clock for the 100 foot tower which are still there today.
The church used to be a lot larger and actually crossed Main Street but because of damage in the Great Siege it had to be partly rebuilt and was set back a lot. Apparently some human remains have been found on Main Street in front of the church when roadworks have been carried out.
Such a lovely light church. When we went in mass was just starting so we stayed. Has a lovely statue of Our Lady of Europe the original is in the Shrine to Our Lady of Europe (see that tip)
There is a marbke stone here which commemorates the death of a priest who was murdered in this church in 1885.
The Mosque of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques sits on Europa Point. Its was built in 1997 and is claimed to be the largest Mosque in a non Islamic country.
It is open at certain times for non Muslims to view, but unfortunatly when I was there it was closed for visits.