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St Mark Church in Saqqajja

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    S.Wistin, Ir-Rabat, Malta
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    Neoclasical church

The church of St. Mark in Saqqajja, Rabat, was built by the architect Girolamo Cassar, who also designed the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Valletta. This church, initially part of a 15th century Augustinian convent, was destroyed in 1551 due to its proximity to the walls of Mdina and the threat of being used by the enemy in the event of an Ottoman invasion. Rebuilt in the 16th century on the same site by Girolamo Cassar, St. Mark’s Church is notable for its unique Renaissance façade in Malta and its importance endures today as an integral part of the Maltese Way.

Every year, in the atrium of St. Mark’s Church, one of Malta’s oldest religious traditions is celebrated: the Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Anthony the Abbot. This annual event not only enriches the spiritual experience of pilgrims on the Maltese Way, but also highlights the deep connection between the local community and religious practices rooted in the island’s history.

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