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ta' Pinu Sanctuary
The sanctuary is built in a neo-Romanesque style using local stone.
The outside is characterized by straight lines, symetrical and simple.
Standing in austere isolation of the surrounding cultivated fields, the sanctuary can be seen from far away.
ta' Pinu Sanctuary - nave
Ta' Pinu inside is even more beautiful.
6 mosaics, 76 coloured windows and many ex-votos are decorating the church, while the altar and the canopy attract the attention right from the entrance to the church.
The old structure existing on this place at the time the sanctuary was built is incorporated into the chapel behind the apse.
The Sanctuary tal-Madonna ta' Pinu
The Sanctuary tal-Madonna ta' Pinu is 700m away from the village of Gharb, on the western part of the Island of Gozo.
The works for the sanctuary began in 1920 and the church was consecrated in 1932.
The huge basilica of ta' Pinu with its 47-meter-high campanile is Malta’s national shrine and a church of pilgrimage.
The entrance to the Sanctuary
Ta Pinu Sanctuary is located on the eastern side of the valley separating the village of Gharb from Ghammar.
The church is surrounded by lush fields and there are no buildings close to it, except the few one-storey buildings at the end of the road leading to the square in front of the church.
ta' Pinu Sanctuary - Pilgrimage destination
Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, ta' Pinu Sanctuary was built next to an old chapel, where it is believed that in 1883, a local woman, named Karmni Grima, heard Our Lady speaking to her.
Since the date of its consacration, the sanctuary became a pre-eminent shrine to the Virgin Mary and a final destination for Maltese and international pilgrims.
ta' Pinu Sanctuary
The name of the sanctuary comes from the name of a very religious man who took care of the old chapel.
His name was Pillippinu Gauci, Pinu for short.
He was the one to restore the chapel and ordered the painting of Our Lady Ta' Pinu, representing the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin to Heaven.
View from 'ta Pinu
Gharb is a village located at the westernmost point of Gozo.
The remains of the village's old roots can be still seen in some of the decorated stone balconies.
Gharb is the second oldest village parish in Gozo. The village's church has an elegant facade which has been compared with Church of Saint Agnes in Piazza Navona in Rome.
Another attraction of Gharb is a fascinating folklore museum housing many objects reminding of Islands' rural history.
The main painting of the church depicts the Assumption to the Heavens of Our Lady and was made by Amedeo Perugino in 1619.
ta' Pinu's bell tower
The bell tower stands straigh on the left side of the sanctuary.
It is 61 metres high.
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