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Amazing beautiful place

We was wondering by that place and we wanna point out to check that The Greatest Priest of Hightest... read more

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Awesome church

A big and nice church located on a hill in Mellieha. It can be easily reached by car or public... read more

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Reviewed October 21, 2018

We didn't actually go inside this church but went round the outside which is set in like a little court yard, it is very pretty and great photo opportunity of the views, we could see this from our hotel and at night it looks lovely all lit up

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Julie E
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Reviewed October 20, 2018

Wow oh wow oh wow amazing beautiful place walked up the hill and was well worth going we went on Sunday and was shutting for a break for the man to have his chicken but it was so funny

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Darren C
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Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

Church visits are cultural and spiritual experiences .i enjoyed the visit on the feast of vittoria which is patron of the parish church.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 474adriang
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Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

What a surprise when you get inside the height of the ceilings and the paintings on the walls.There was so much detail on every where you looked.Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank steviej071
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

The Parish Church of Mellieha is quite unique in many ways. This is the only church in Malta that has been built of local Coralline limestone. Other churches were built using globigerina which is easier to cut and shape and has a pale yellow colour whereas the corraline is pure white and more difficult to dress. On the other hand this white stone is more porous and absorbs more sound and thus gives our church a wonderful acoustic effect that enhances choral and orchestral performances. It also invests the church with a soothing silence which, together with the cooling effect of the thick walls and the high vaulted ceilings imparts a deliciously serene atmosphere.
Many of the walls and vaults have been sculptured but all the artwork has been left in its natural white stone state. No colours, no gilt, just pure white stone. The church was built from stone hewn out manually from an old quarry about 4 miles away. The villagers , who were predominantly farmers, dedicated time to cart the stones to the church site with their own mules and donkeys. It literally took decades to build and villagers contributed continuously from their meagre resources to pay the builders and other expenses. This church is unique in other ways. It is the only one situated at the edge of the village overlooking a cliff edge like a sentry guarding the village. In fact, the site had been originally earmarked for a fortress by the British administration. The square in front of the church is not just an empty space suitable for parking. Underneath it lies an extensive network of tunnels and chambers hewn out of the rock to provide air-raid shelters and hospital facilities during World War II. The Shelters network has been rehabilitated by a local NGO which continues to manage thes shelters and offers guided tours to visitors. The Mellieha parish church was built just over a hundred years ago to replace the old small parish church that still exists and is the oldest Marian Sanctuary on the Island, This the Mellieha Sanctuary and is dedicated to the Madonna of Mellieha. It has been a venerated shrine for many sanctuaries and many legends and miracles have been attributed to it. A visit to these very evocative gems associated with the Mellieha Parish Church would most certainly impress and gratify any prospective visitor.

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Sammy V
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