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Street Shrines: Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Sqaq il-Madonna tal-Bon Kunsill


While entering to the centre of Zejtun, through Triq il-Madonna tal-Bon Kunsill, one could easily miss the alley which is located as soon as you enter this street.  If it is easy to drive by the side of this alley without noticing it, it is far easier to miss out a beautiful street shrine which decorates the end of this alley.

This street shrine located on door No. 3 is dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is considered as one of the best Baroque street shrines in the town.  Literally set up in a unique Baroque composition with two small decorative windows flanking a richly ornate niche having detailed baroque elements, such as the sea-shell apse right above the Madonna statue and the Composite ordered capitals crowning the side pilasters.

The indulgence inscription written in Italian and found right beneath the niche is an important source of information.

ILMO REVMO MONS ARCV
CARMELO XICLUNA CON
CEDE INDULG DI 40 GIORNI
ACHI RECITA UNA SALVE REG
INNANZI QUESTA IM
MAGINE DELLA BMV
DEL CARM PER DEC
DDI 23 SETTEM
1879

This states that the Archbishop Carmelo Scicluna gave 40 days indulgence to those reciting a Salve Regina in front of this shrine, given through the decreet issued on the 23rd September 1879.

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