FILIAL CHURCHES IN MALTA : qORMI A CASE STUDY

HORIZONS     MALTA     2016     ISBN: 978-99957-63-35-0

Malta’s cultural and religious identity is expressed in the architectural heritage present around the Islands. This publication aims to contribute to the study on filial churches in Malta and open the way for further research about their history, architecture and works of art. Nonetheless, this study does not feature a detailed individual assessment of all the filial churches present on the Islands. The multitude of such exemplars stretches research boundaries to a limit which is beyond the purpose of this exercise. The book sheds light on nine filial churches existent in the Maltese town of Qormi. It provides a case study based on an assiduous research in both Church and State archives and also maps Malta’s socio-religious and political outline from the late fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. On the other hand, the account takes note of their present architectural and artistic conservation and the echoing religious cults and traditions.

“Qormi has a great documented history dating back to well over six centuries and, relatively speaking, its population has always been among the most numerous in the Maltese islands. Over the years, it has produced its fair share of men of letters, artists, and members of the established professions.”

 

“Many people have written about the Maltese so-called “chapels” that, strictly speaking, should be termed “small churches”. The small filial churches of Qormi are no exception and have been the subject of a plethora of short writings in the past by a number of authors, including myself. However, when I delved through this new work by Mr Spiteri, I could not help admiring the great amount of effort he has undertaken to unearth new information that has remained hidden in various archives for a number of centuries.”

 

Joseph F Grima

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