Historically, Malta is a very Catholic country. This is a result of St. Paul’s shipwreck in Malta on his way to martyrdom in Rome. Every village in Malta has at least one church; some have more. All these churches, as in most of Europe, have been embellished with gold, some on the altars, others more so, on the walls and even ceilings.
The idea had been that churches are houses of God and God deserves the best, that is, gold. I remember, as a child, hearing about a new church being built and the congregation being asked to donate gold, for melting, to be used in church.
Actually, I even remember that happening in Brooklyn when a church was being built in the last century.
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Malta is a country with many churches and, of course, each church has a patron saint. As a result, every week at least one church celebrates the feast of its patron saint. Here we are in St. Julian’s, celebrating the feast of St. Julian. This is a great opportunity for tourists to see many colorful costumes, hear wonderful bands and learn something about the history and costumes of ancient Malta. Most weeks, Malta celebrates more than one patron saint so that tourists have many options to travel, not too far, to these “Festas”. Restaurants and bars on the main streets set up outside tables for watching the activities while enjoying their food and drink.
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This is the famous church, in Mosta. Built between 1833 and 1860, it is said to have been inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. During World War II, a bomb fell through the dome but did not explode. The Maltese people thought of this as a miracle. The now harmless bomb rests in the sacristy, always ready for photo opportunities.
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