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STREET SHRINES: The Immaculate Conception – Triq Santa Marija


Another street shrine one finds in Triq Santa Marija is located at the corner of a house just before reaching the open space leading to Triq Santa Luċija and Triq San Emidju.  

The niche dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, dates back to the last half of the 19th Century and the indulgence was granted by Bishop Pace Forno as indicated on the inscription found at the foot of the niche.

This inscription is in a sad state, however one could still decipher  most of what is written:

…… E REVMO FRA GAETANO PACE FORNO

ARCIVESCOVO DI RODI E VESCOVO DI MALTA CONCEDE

INDULGENZA DI 40 GIORNI A CHI RECITERA UN

AVE MARIA INNANZI …. IMMACULATA …..

4 FEB ……

18…..

The statue of the Immaculate Conception is not of high artistic value.  The Madonna is seen with her hands open and the mantle thrown on her arms.

The niche is architecturally quite interesting.  The fact that it is located on a corner lead the crafting of a Baroque arrangement emphasized by the two columns flaking the niche.

One cannot say that the niche and statue are in a good condition.

The statue seems to have had her head broken and re-glued in its place.  At some point in time everything was painted possibly with oil-based paint, however most of the paint has now been lost and makes the shrine look in a very shabby state.  The indulgence inscription is in the worst state of all.

3 responses to “STREET SHRINES: The Immaculate Conception – Triq Santa Marija

  1. Richard Demicoli

    Hi, I am the owner of the house to which the statue is found, i bought that house about 3 months ago, and i found your post interesting, and would like to talk to the person who took the time to create this post, as i would like to restore it and would like more information on it thanks

    • Mr Demicoli, this is the scope of making these posts, to get owners and residents aware about the rich heritage they possess. We will be in contact shortly to see how we could help you.

  2. The house with the niche belonged to my father family ATTARD and SCIBERRAS. The last to live in it was Miss Jessie Attard who used to teach very young Zwieten in primary or pre primary school. The first floor is recent . The niche was the level of the roof. I have changed those bulbs on the ironwork hundreds of times. I do not remember the head being glued on. The inscription was not engraved but only painted on. I agree that the niche should be restored and protected . Joe Attard

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