As all Malta towns, Mellieha has its own celebration.
The feast of Our Lady of Victories is celebrated on September 8, but the festival starts earlier, on August 30.
The entire town is colorfully decorated and the hand made fireworks are the main attraction.
Just entering the cave chapel your attention is definitely captured by the famous Madonna and Child icon.
But while looking at the altar from the back of the chapel I had the impression that something was "wrong" with it.
Going closer I have noticed that the icon, the main work of art, it was not placed on the axis of the chapel, but 40-45% to the left of it, thus the altar gives you the impression of not belonging to the rest of the chapel.
Beside the old decorations, the entrance room to the sanctuary has the walls covered many ex-votos.
These ex-votos, a real confirmation of the sanctuary's importance, stand on the walls as evidences of the blessings received by the pilgrims who came here to pray to the Madonna and Child icon.
On the walls that are surrounding the beautiful small square at the entrance to the sanctuary, are placed marble plaques with prayers to the Madonna of Mellieha.
The prayers are in different languages, each plaque holding the relative flag.