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Did you know? This Rabat chapel dedicated to St Nicholas and St Lucy served as a refugee centre in WWII
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Emma Galea

The town of Rabat is home to many sites full of rich history and heritage. The chapel of St Nicholas and St Lucy is one of them.

Documents show that the chapel was already built by 1575 but it could very well be even older. According to Kappelli.com, it was built for private use by a noble family in the area.

However, by the early 18th century it needed to be rebuilt as it was run down and that’s exactly what Agostin Agius did.

Mass was obliged to be held for both the St Nicholas and the St Lucy feast on the 6th December and 13th December.

Nonetheless, the purposes of the chapel changed quite a bit when World War II came around. It started serving as refuge for all those displaced during World War II.

As explained by Kappelli.com, they still were not safe as a girl from Romania who was a refugee there still tragically died after a bomb fell nearby the chapel. Even though the chapel was not damaged, a painting depicting the chapel’s saints and Our Lady holding baby Jesus suffered extensively.

The chapel was restored once again by Patri Rafel Azzopardi and got a new titular painted by Guzeppi Briffa in 1960s.

1st March 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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