While many Maltese brides and grooms opt to get married in their own town or village church, there is a growing number of couples who decide to get married in a church outside of the place they live simply because it’s closer to the wedding reception venue or they have a smaller or bigger number of guests attending their ceremony than their local church would be able to take. Here is a list of the top five churches in Malta and Gozo:
1. Cathedral of the Assumption, Citadella, Gozo
A bride can have few more dramatic entries than the one that the Cathedral of the Assumption offers especially if she has a long train. With countless steps up to the church itself which offer an abundance of photo opportunities, this place is a winner before you even get inside and experience the baroque Latin cross shape interior and Trompe-l’oeil ceiling.
2. Parish Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, Mellieha
If you’re one of those brides and grooms who dreamt of getting married on a hilltop, you can’t get better than this Mellieha landmark. With an open piazza right in front of the 19th-century church and breath-taking views of the sea, you’ll be guaranteed to make a memorable entrance.
3. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu, Gozo
A sanctuary for the devout, there are few places that are able to command the love and devotion that this shrine manages to. Built outside the sleepy village of Gharb and surrounded by fields, it is little wonder that the current Pope donated and placed a Golden Rose in front of the devotional image during his visit in 2010 and Pope John Paul II celebrated mass there in 1990.
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Basilika ta’ Pinu – Gharb Gozo Das Heiligtum Madonna ta' Pinu liegt etwa 700 Meter entfernt von Ort Gharb auf der Insel Gozo in Malta und gehört zum Bistum Gozo. Die Arbeiten an der Kirche begannen am 30. Mai 1920, am 31. August 1932 wurde sie geweiht und bereits am 10. August desselben Jahres durch Papst Pius XI. zur Basilika erhoben. Die im neoromanischen Stil erbaute Kirche beinhaltet im Innenraum 6 Mosaike, Fenster in 76 Farben und zahlreiche Votivgaben. Der Glockenturm hat eine Höhe von 61 Metern. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu (Maltese: Santwarju Bazilika tal-Madonna ta' Pinu) is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and national shrine located some 700 metres (2,300 ft) from the village of Gharb on the island of Gozo, the sister island of Malta. The church is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu. The basilica is located on the edge of a cliff in open countryside which allows visitors to enjoy beautiful views of the area. #Architektur #Basilika #BistumGozo #BlessedVirginMaryofGozo #Cathedral #Church #Cloads #europeancapitalofculture #Gharb #Himmel #KarmniGrima #kirche #Landmark #malteseislands #Marienerscheinung #pilgrimage #Sky #StimmederMutterGottes #Transfer-Laptop-Feb-18 #Travel #Valletta-EuropäischeKulturhauptstadt #visitgozo #visitmalta #Wahrzeichen #Wallfahrt #Wolken Urheber: K.Reichert
4. Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul, Mdina
With the inimitable Mdina square in front of it and a grandiose interior to match, this church is a much loved option for wedding masses and for good reason too. Founded in the 12th century, it is believed that the cathedral stands on the site where Roman governor Publius met St Paul after he was shipwrecked on the island. Following an earthquake which rocked the islands in the 17th century, renowned architect Lorenzo Gafà designed what can be found in the heart of Mdina today. It is considered to be Gafà’s masterpiece.
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