Ta'Pinu Gharb Reviews
Stunning architecture Jun 03, 2010
This beautiful church rises majestically in the isolated countryside of Gharb and is a centre of pilgrimage for Gozitans and Maltese residents.
The history of the church dates back to the 16th Century. The name Ta'Pinu is taken from the procurator of the church Pinu Gauchi who in 1611 willingly offered his own money for the church's initial restoration.
A story that dates back to 1883 when a local peasant woman was passing Ta'pinu and she heard a voice calling her into the chapel, when she confided in a friend about hearing this voice he too admitted to hearing it. These incidents were followed by a series of miraculous cures amongst the village folk.
And this story is why numerous people descend on this church to pray. On our arrival we entered the beautiful chapel area and were met by an array of marble and gold together with many statues. Visitors are invited to leave at donation and in return can ask for 'a small favour' be it a better job or a cure for ill health. Their request should be placed in a sealed envelope and left at the alter together with their small donation.
However, the main attraction at this church is down a side corridor to the left of the alter. The sight that awaits you is simply breathtaking and to be honest on reading the stories brings tears to your eyes. For what is on display is stories, letters and pictures from around the world where people have come to Ta'Pinu to ask for small miracles, mainly cures for illnesses, or the gift of a child etc. You could stare for hours just reading these life changing stories and looking at the pictures.
Would definitely recommend a visit as after reading some of the heartbreaking stories it makes you realise just how lucky we are.
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