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A glimpse into Malta’s 18th century heritage! Exploring the Our Lady of Loreto church in Gudja
Its titular painting is truly beautiful!

Emma Galea

Did you know that Gudja is home to this charming church dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto?

This church was built back in the 18th century, in 1754 to be precise, to replace a much older structure that had been standing there for many years.

Its magnificent titular painting depicts the Annunciation of Angel Gabriel to Our Lady. The painting is the work of Italian artist Pietro Gagliardi.

The church is also home to a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Rosary. Sculpted by Antonio Chircop in 1851, the statue is made completely of wood. The statue was originally found in Gudja’s parish church, but it was then moved to the Our Lady of Loreto church instead.

Apart from this church, another chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto can be found in the Gudja, this time in the countryside. It dates all the way back to 1548 and you probably spotted it on your way to the airport.

Have you ever visited any of the two churches?

12th April 2024


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as many films as she possibly can!

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