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Church of St Nicholas of Bari

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    Pjazza san Nikola, Siġġiewi, Malta
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    Statue of Saint Nicholas from the 18th century

The Church of St. Nicholas of Bari in Siġġiewi, Malta, is the Catholic parish church dedicated to Nicholas of Bari. Built in the late 17th century, it replaced an older parish church that stood in another location in the village and now lies in ruins. The present construction dates from between 1675 and 1693, being consecrated on May 10, 1729. In 1862, an extension was carried out according to the plans of Nikol Zammit, adding side aisles, a dome and a portico. Every June, the annual feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated with great solemnity, and on December 6, the liturgical feast of the saint is commemorated.

The titular work in the church, a painting by Mattia Preti, ‘Il calabrese’, also responsible for the ceiling decoration of St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, is a prominent artistic feature. The wooden statue, which is carried in procession during the city’s feast day on the last Sunday in June, was sculpted by Pietro Felici in 1736. The church represents a point of importance on the Maltese Way, highlighting Malta’s rich historical and religious heritage for pilgrims traveling this spiritual path.

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