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WATCH: Local hikers stumble upon forgotten 16th century chapel in St Paul’s Bay
Have you ever visited this holy site?

Kim Vella

Nature-loving explorers Pierre and Pukka took to Qanotta Valley for their latest adventure, and it’s safe to say that this time, they got more than they bargained for…  

St Paul’s Bay’s Qanotta Valley is known for its running water and gorgeous scenery. 

Overlooking this quiet area is a small, derelict chapel dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. 

Commissioned by the Noble Garzia Monpalao in the early 16th century, the chapel was initially dedicated to the Nativity of our Lady.  

After being left unattended, the chapel was rebuilt in 1717 when Bishop Cannaves ordered that the chapel be dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and the feast be held on the 8th December.  

"The chapel has a rectangular shape, and the stone altar was in an apse holding the painting of the Immaculate Conception. On each side of the altar, two doors led to the sacristy in older times. On the aperture, there is the frontispiece with an arch where there used to be a bell. There is a stone cross on the frontispiece,"  the hikers explained.    

"Nowadays, the chapel is abandoned and totally devoid of any objects, and one wonders how come hasn’t been restored yet," Pierre added.  

We can’t even begin to imagine how beautiful this chapel would look if it were to be restored! 

22nd February 2024


Kim Vella
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Kim Vella
A highly curious explorer always looking to find her next adventure. Kim loves sharing her experiences and what's happening on the Maltese Islands. When not writing, you’ll probably find her playing around with some clay or somewhere surrounded by trees. She's always up for listening to people's stories about anything to do with nature, a passion project or issue you feel needs tending to.

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