|Our Lady of Valletta|
On March 28th, 1566, Grandmaster, Jean de Valette laid the foundation stone of the great siege city of Valletta, Malta. Today, Valletta remains one of the most intriguing cities in Europe, and will be the European Capital of Culture in 2018. The entire city is a World Heritage Site, and may God protect her from her enemies, even those within the city walls.
Today, as I sit a long way from the sea, I think of this old, venerable place of 25 churches, each one beautiful in its own right, but some stunning, and, perhaps, among the most beautiful in the world. I miss my favorite places there to sit and blog, as well as the gorgeous weather. It will be 63 degrees F today.
I miss "my" chapel of Adoration, Christ Redeemer Sacramentini. I miss daily Mass.
As noted on the official city website, Valletta is only 900 metres by 630 metres, or for Americans, .56 miles by .39 miles, a little jewel in the crown of Malta. Here is the list of churches, some of which have been featured on this blog. May Valletta stand for another half-century in all her beauty and age.
• St John’s Co-Cathedral - St John’s Square
• St. Francis of Assisi – Republic Street
• Parish Church of St. Augustine – Old Bakery Street
• Sanctuary Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
• Carmelite Church – Old Theatre Street
• Anglican Cathedral of St. Paul – Independence Square
• Church of Christ Redeemer
• Church of the Jesuits
• Collegiate Church of St. Paul's Shipwreck – St Paul Street
• Church of St. Mary of Jesus
• Scots Church of St. Andrew
• Church of Our Lady of the Pilar – West Street
• Church and Monastery of St. Catherine
• Parish Church of Our Lady of Fair Heavens and St. Dominic
• Church of St. Mary Magdalene
• Church and Chapel of St. Anne
• Chapel of Sacra Infermeria – Mediterranean Conference Centre
• Church of St. Nicholas
• Church of St. Roque – St Ursula Street
• Church and Monastery of St. Ursula – St Ursula Street
• Church of Our Lady of Damascus
• Church of St. James
• Church of St. Barbara – Republic Street
• Church of St. Catherine of Italy – Victory Square
• Church of Our Lady of Victories – South Street
• Church of the Blessed Virgin of Notre Dame De Liesse – Liesse Hill
• Church of the Holy Family's Flight from Egypt
• Church of St Lucy