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Church of Our Lady of the Light

  • Address
    Triq il-Kbira, Żebbuġ, Malta
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  • Visiting Hours
  • What to see
    Painting of the Madonna of the Light


The Church of Our Lady of Light has a history rooted in Marian devotion in Malta. Originally dedicated to the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth, the former church was closed due to decay, but was rebuilt on the same site in 1738 by the priests Ġlormu Azzopardi and Horatio Xiberras, according to the design of the renowned architect Lorenzo Gafà. In 1740, Bishop Paul Alpheran de Bussan rebuilt it and dedicated it to Our Lady of Light, whose veneration was brought to Malta from Sicily through the efforts of the bishop at that time. The church, although damaged during a bombing raid in World War II, was repaired and remains the site of the annual celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Light in November.

This church, with its connection to Marian devotion and its endurance over the years, is a significant point on the Maltese Way. Its construction, reconstruction and devotion over time make it a spiritual landmark on the route, highlighting Malta’s rich cultural and religious heritage for pilgrims who walk this path.

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