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.
…… 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 ……
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.