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San Niklaw Chapel

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    RCPR+4H2, Siġġiewi, Malta
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    Tiny chapel

The church of St. Niklaw, located in the vicinity of Ħal Niklusi and Ħal Kbir, has roots dating back to at least the 12th century, as mentioned in Fra Giovann Francesco Abela’s 17th century book “Malta Illustrata”. Although the present church was built in the 17th century, it is believed to occupy the site of a much older 12th century church erected in the tal-Merħla area at St. Niklusi by the Benedictines when the Latin rite and early Latin monasticism began to flourish on the island. Always dedicated to St. Nicholas, this church is the oldest church of St. Niklusi in the area of the hamlets that today make up Siġġiewi.

Devotion to St. Nicholas is reflected in the presence of people named after the saint in the region, even as early as the 15th century. The church, with its rich history and connections to such benevolent figures as Fra Pier Francesco Guarena, stands as a significant site on the Maltese Way, standing out both for its religious legacy and its transformations over the centuries.

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