Despite the volume of the church, the facade gives an impression of slenderness due to the two sharp bell towers.
The church has a central portal flaked by other two smaller portals, each of them located under a tower.
Above the central portal, on the top of the church is placed the statue of Jesus Christ.
Mellieha's parish church is obviously as impressive as most of Malta's churches.
The massive building made of yellow stone, raise its two sharp towers and the red dome up to the sky, making the church visible from far away
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieha is one of Malta's most venerated Marian shrine.
Mellieha became a parish for the first time in 1436 and since then had an important role in the island’s religious life.
The parish church is located above the cave and the stairs located on the right side of the cave are leading to it.
A narrow corridor is leading to the back of the chapel.
With a white arched ceiling and walls covered with marble, the chapel concentrates its best decorations on the altar part.
Everything gravitates around the famous icon of Madonna and child and the frescos and other paintings are meant to accentuate its value.
We have entered the chapel through another small room, cut into the rock, with the walls entirely covered by interesting ex-votos and old icons.
In the room are also displayed beautiful decorations left from an old chapel that once stood on this site.
It is said that the famous Madonna and Child paint in Mellieha Sanctuary Cave was made in the year 60 AD by St Luke.
By that time, St Luke was accompanying St Paul to Rome and they were shipwrecked in Malta.
During his stay here, he painted this famous icon.
Surrounded by the sanctuary's walls, the small square at the entrance to the sanctuary is one of the most charming I've seen in Malta.
The square is also offering a wonderful view of the bay and sitting on one of the banks in the square cannot be other than relaxing.
The triumphal arch at the entrance to the Sanctuary courtyard was built in 1719, one year after the large pilgrimage to Mellieha organized by the Bishop Mons. Cannaves.
It is said that following this pilgrimage, after three years of draught it finally started to rain.
The triumphal arch is commemorating this event.
Mellieha Bay lies on the northern side of Malta island about 13km from the airport.
Othe two beautiful bays, Ramla and Paradise, are situated on both sides of Mellieha Bay.
The apartments located on the hill with the view of the bay are considered one of the most expensive in Malta, among the residents being ambassadors, business man and other rich residents.
With its 6,500 inhabitants, Mellieha is considered one of Malta's largest village located in the northwestern part of the island.
Due to its large sandy beach, Mellieha is among the most popular tourist destinations during the summer months despite the fact that there's very little to do day or night, apart from the entertainment provided by the hotels, some bars and tavernas.
The Red Tower is a watchtower that was build 1649. You’ll see it when you go from Mellieha in direction Gozo, it’s on the next hill. From here, you have a great view on Mellieha, the bay, the coast at the other side, and the neighhbour islands Gozo and Comino. I guess if you continue the path you’ll get a much better view on the coast in the south with its rocks.
Open Mo-Fr 10:00-16:00, Sa 10:00-13:00.
There’s a little grotto with a source below the church. You have to walk down to the main street, cross it and again walk down some stairs. You’ll find there several letters of people who pray for cure. They hope for miracles, and if you read the sad stories about the diseases, often of children, you’ll also hope that a miracle happens! There also some thanks letters and crutches hanging on the wall.
The Parish Church of Mellieha lies on the hill in the centre and can be seen pretty well from the beach. It was build 1897. Below the Parish Church, there’s another church that was build into the rock.
Unfortunately both churches were always closed when we were there, maybe they only open in the morning. From the area near to the church you have a nice view on the bay and you’ll also see Gozo.
At Mellieha Bay, you’ll find the longest sandy beach of Malta. There are not so much sand beaches on Malta, and it’s getting very full on weekends and public holidays.
The beach is perfect for children as the water is shallow. You’ll find here all kind of water sports, and you have cafés and restaurants close by.
Mellieha Village as a bit of character and the main st is narrow on a hill.
Walking down the main st there are bars restaurants and shops plus two new Hotels.
I liked getting of the bus at the round about as you enter Mellieha and just to stroll into the village and stop for a bite to eat and a beer or two. Very relaxing.