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The storm-damaged Chapel of Hal Millieri restored to its former glory just in time for the feast!
The medieval chapel needed some serious TLC.

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The medieval chapel of Hal Millieri in Zurrieq is finally accessible to the public again. The chapel was undergoing certain repairs due to damages that occurred during the nasty storm in February. The chapel’s rubble walls and pathways were severely damaged, but thankfully have been repaired just in time for the village festivities, which will be held on the 24th March.

A jump back in time

Hal Millieri is situated in the old village of Casal Millieri which lies between Zurrieq, Qrendi, Mqabba and Kirkop. The village was first documented in 1419 and its origins date back to Roman and possibly pre-historic times. The Chapel of the Annunciation itself was a major landmark of Malta’s medieval past and dates to around 1450. Archaeological excavations show that it was actually built over the site of an earlier, possibly 13th century chapel, and a much older late-Roman rural complex.

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The gorgeous chapel

The chapel is best known for its architectural features dating back to the Middle Ages and which are honestly, pretty spectacular. The chapel features a unique set of fresco paintings that adorn the inner side walls between the springing of the arches. The frescoes have been restored over the years by Din L-Art Helwa, an organisation which constantly strives to conserve important heritage sites such as this one.

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Din L-Art Helwa’s guided tour

The chapel will be open to the public on 24th March from 9am to 6pm during the annual celebration in honour of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. The volunteer organisation which holds the chapel in trust will be offering two guided tours of the site by Stanley Farrugia Randon at 11.15am and Anthony Mangion, curator of the chapel, at 4pm.

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15th March 2019


Jillian Mallia
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A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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