Ta' Pinu Church, Gozo
The first glimpse of Ta' Pinu Basilica is very impressive because it is surrounded by open fields.
Apart from its beautiful architecture, the church is also famous for the miracles which are said to have happened after a woman, Carmela Grima, heard the voice of the Blessed Virgin in 1883 in a small chapel. It is also said that prayers were answered during the time that Malta was strickened by the plague.
Construction work then began on the church in 1920 around the small 16th century chapel. The chapel with its paintings can still be seen in the church. There is also a section dedicated to memorabilia of the various miracles.
If you visit the basilica, please respect the standard of modesty required, by not wearing mini-skirts, shorts or sleeveless clothes...you won't be allowed into the church if you do!
This is a moving experience that even a confirmed atheist would recommend.
The church has a museum containing pictures and discarded crutches and braces, from people apparently cured at Ta Pinu.
This is a place of worship and you need to bear that in mind when visiting - shoulders and legs covered.
Ta' Pinu basilica is a national shrine and a center of pilgrimages.
On the spot of this big church there was a chapel in the 16th century.
It is said that on june 22 1883, a peasant woman heard the voice of the Madonna in this place. They say that numerous miracles happened later on. Consequently, between 1920 and 1931 this church was built.
A place of pilgrimage since 1883. The current neo-Romanesque church dates from the 1920's. Perhaps the most beautiful of the many Gozitan churches (also because of it's detached location).
NB: Dress code is strict. Long trousers, long skirts, covered shoulders.
Me and Emmeline came to this Church but a very nice Maltese gentleman refused us entry because we had shorts on, I said but they arn't short shorts and he explained men must have trousers on. I was a little perplexed and said but she is a girl so he let Emmeline in but not me.
He then told me the story of why the church was built in the middle of noplace he told me a Maltese lady had heared voices.
She was lucky to be Maltese they built a church and remembered her ever since, if she had been English she'd have been locked up in the nuthatch for her own good.
Anyway it looked beautiful from the door.
Up to the Ghammar Hill which faces Ta' Pinu are placed 14 remarkable marble statues representing the Via Crucis or Way of the Cross.
Climbing to the top of the hill is a real try for all the pilgrims considering Gozo's burning sun, but it is also rewarding.
Half away to the top it is the house of Agatha Barbara, former president Malta.
For more details visit my Gharb and Ta' Pinu Sanctuary page.
Here on a plateau off the road between Victoria and Gharb stands this magnificent church.
It was near here in 1883 that a local peasant woman returning from her fields, heard a voice calling to her. A friend confided that he too had heard the voice and together they prayed for the woman's critically sick mother, who miracously recovered. From then on miracle cures multiplied and the little chapel became a place of pilgramage. To accommodate the thousands of followers, a neo-Romanesque church was built in the l920's though the original chapel is tucked into it, behind the main alter.
Malteses, like most Catholics, are very religious. In every step you will find a church dedicated to Mary Virgin or some Saint.
This is the Ta' Pinu church, probably the most beautiful church my eyes have ever witnessed!
The sanctuary today is a place of pilgrimage to thousands of devotees from Malta and Gozo as there are hundrends those who paid homage and recovered from serious maladies.
Beautyful ornaments at the basilica. I think we would have missed this, if we would have been here by car. We usually think that chuches are nicer outside than inside. Expesially at Catholic countries, where churches are usually much too decorative with too much colors and gold to us, who are used to Lutheran churches.
But this one was beautyful inside, and not too fancy. I loved those ornaments carved to white stone without any coloring!
I´m actuall a metal- and stonesmith even if I don´t do that as my work, but those carvings were interesting to me also because of my art studies.
And see also the stained glass at windows!
The church is very impressive, standing as it does in open countryside, which makes it very visible. A medieval chapel used to stand on the site and it was the "fact" that the voice of Christ called a peasant girl to pray there that caused it to become a scene of pilgrimage. The current day basilica was built from 1920 to accommodate the pilgrims, but the original chapel survives intact inside the basilica!
The National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta'Pinu is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and national shrine located some 700 metres from the village of Gharb.It is located on the edge of a cliff in open countryside which allows visitors to enjoy beautiful views of the area.
The origins of the shrine are unknown,it was first recorede in the archives of the Curia in Gozo,when the Bishop Domenico Cubelles paid a visit to the chapel.this noted that the chapel had been rebuilt and that it belonged to the noble family of the 'Gentile'.In 1575 the apostolic 'Pietro Duzina' was delegated by 'Pope Gregory XII' to visit the Maltese islands.He ordered the church which was in a bad state to be demolished but due to an omen in which a builder broke his arm whilst working here it was to remain and became the church you see today.
This must be one of the most beautiful churches of the Maltese Islands - especially due to it's setting amongst the typical Maltese fields. It is an easy place to visit on the way to Dwejra, in the Gharb outskirts.
Many Maltese and Gozitans undertake pilgrimages to this church, as a sign of devotion or else in hope of washing away their sins (as if!!)
Ta Pinu church is one of the most visited sites on Gozo, not only for Maltese but with foreigners as well as its fame exceeds the borders of Malta.
The Basilica dominates the landscape since there are no buildings close to it on your way to Dewjra so it is most unlikely not to capture your interest. Basilica exterior is impressive and if you see it for afar under the evening light its colors are more dramatic
The church itself dates back to 1920 on the grounds of a chapel which dates back to the sixteenth century devoted to Our Lady of the Assumption. The name of the Basilica has its roots in the name of a very religious man (Pinu for short) who took it upon himself to take care of the chapel and ordered the painting of Our Lady Ta' Pinu, representing the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin to Heaven. The initial chapel received much attention when at 1883, a middle-aged woman named Carmela Grima underwent a spiritual experience while walking by the deserted chapel at the time. The word quickly spread around and many things were attributed to the miraculous nature of Our Lady of Assumption
Though impressive in its exterior, the interior is rather simple (no paintings or other decorations). The Basilica is famed as being miraculous. What is very interesting to see are the gifts and photos (see aditional pics) from several people around the globe that have experienced miracles in their lives after praying to Our Lady of Ta Pinu. It is also interesting to read their stories.
Both Malta and Gozo are well covered with various churches. The Ta'Pinu sanctuary on Gozo is especially interesting because of its very large size and its setting. It is found not far from the only lighthouse on the island. The interior is very cavernous and the shrine is impressive. You will be hard pressed to get this whole church into one photo when you are near it. This is a pilgrimage spot for many of the Maltese people, therefore it is highly regarded amongst the islands' churches. It is best to dress conservative when visiting here. Of course, that holds true with any church. They did have some overgarments to lend to those visitors who were not so appropriately dressed to visit this place. I recommend getting a good look inside and out due to the grand architecture as well as the scenery of the countryside.