The origins of the Shrine of Our Lady of ta' Pinu are unknown. It was first recorded in the archives of the Curia in Gozo, when the Bishop Domenico Cubelles paid a visit to the chapel. This noted that the chapel had just been rebuilt and that it belonged to the noble family of "The Gentile".
In 1575 the apostolic visitor Pietro Duzina was delegated by Pope Gregory XII to visit the Maltese Islands. In his pastoral visit to the church, he found that it was in a very bad state. He ordered the church to be closed and demolished and its duties passed to the parish church, now the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Gozo. When demolition began the workman broke his arm while striking the first blow. This was taken as an omen that the chapel should not be demolished. The church was the only chapel on the island to survive Duzina's decree ordering the demolition of other similar chapels.
Pinu Gauci became the procurator of the church in 1598 and its name was changed from "Of the Gentile" to "Ta` Pinu", meaning "Of Philip". In 1611 Gauci offered money for its restoration. It was rebuilt, with a stone altar erected and investments for liturgical services provided. Gauci also commissioned the painting of the Assumption of Our Lady for the main altar. This was done in 1619 by Amadeo Perugino.
In 1883, Karmni Grima was walking past the now run down church and heard a voice asking her to recite three Hail Marys'. Over the following years miracles were attributed to the grace of Our Lady of The Assumption to whom the church was dedicated. The works for the new church began on 30 May 1922, to be consecrated on 31 August 1932. It was built in a neo-romantic style. Inside the church there are 6 mosaics, 76 coloured windows and many ex-voto. The bell tower is 61 metres high.
Pope John Paul II celebrated mass on the parvise of the shrine during his visit to the island of Gozo on 26 May 1990. On 18 April 2010, when visiting Malta, Pope Benedict XVI donated and placed a Golden Rose in front of the devotional image of Our Lady Of Ta' Pinu which was brought over from Gozo to Malta for this special occasion. The Pope invited everybody to "Pray to Her Under the Title Queen of the Family"
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krzychu30 (12759) 2013-09-12 2:44
we´re neighbours again:)
this is one of the places I did not visit(only from the Hop on Hop off bus).The more I´m glad to see your picture from this place.
Beautiful church and superb composition.I like your idea to include the path in front of the church and use it to lead our sight towards the church.
Fabulous composition full of bright,vivid colors.
Have a nice day
dta (56746) 2013-09-12 2:58
Hello DAniel ,
Outstanding arcitecture . Superb POV and beuatiful contrast woth the perfect blue sky . The red flowers on the right are a fine bonus . MAy be it would have been better with a little more correction of the distortion . I try to do a WS to show what I mean .
timecapturer (37152) 2013-09-12 3:24
Malta/Gozo is popular today and your shot next to Krzysztof's is a contrast and testament to the fascination and beauty of these little islands. A superb POV that entices us and gives a wonderful view of this old and glorious church with its magnificent tower. Stunning image, light and colours all captured so perfectly.
gervaso (9247) 2013-09-12 4:24
The architecture is wonderful, and even more beautiful shown with an open sky like that as background! The POV is also perfect to make it even more imposing! Excellent light and colors! Wonderful composition!
ourania (18704) 2013-09-12 6:33
a great composition from an effective upward point of view that makes the church look even more imposing and makes the most of the curvy path and of the colourful vegetation. The building is superb and its well balanced and clear presentation makes us wish to go uphill and explore it more closely. The light and the colours are absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
holmertz (31340) 2013-09-12 8:10
A fine composition where the nicely curving road leads me towards the church. The red flowers provide a superb foreground. The colours are very good and well saturated.
Nicou (105903) 2013-09-12 8:44
Avec les fleurs à droit tout en rouge sueprbe qule chemin et image quel cadrage et architecture fantastique compo.
bravo et amitié
Romano46 (11573) 2013-09-12 9:43
è indiscutibile che l'Isola di Malta ti ha particolarmente ispirato e gli ultimi scatti che hai proposto ne sono la prova evidente.
ASnche in questa ottima composizione, colori e nitidezza eccellenti e soggetto evidenziato in maniera appropriata da un giusto punto di ripresa.
Ciao e buona serata
carlo62 (19485) 2013-09-12 13:38
bella composizione, la strada ci porta in modo sinuoso verso la chiesa, con i bei fiori ad abbellire la foto e rallegrare la vista.
Molto bella la torre campanaria, un'architettura semplice ed elegante.
limielski (2573) 2013-09-12 15:09
Fantastic POV. The flowers in the FG, blue sky and very nice architecture of this chapel/ building create amazing composition! Well done. TFS
All the best,
lousat (64243) 2013-09-12 15:53
Hi Daniel,there are 2 beautiful pics from Malta in the today gallery and your is really nice too,i like the imposing perspective and the very high saturation,really interesting too the note,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
fabbs99 (11190) 2013-09-12 23:26
Superb shot of the Shrine of Our Lady of ta' Pinuship .Very well done.Keep sharing.TFS.
ifege (9909) 2013-09-13 0:12
I'm back around TE after a long bit of travelling around Australia. A good low POV looking up the road to this impressive building.
abmdsudi (32515) 2013-09-13 7:51
Majestic structure and the combination of rich basic colours, so well illustrated from low pov which seems to accentuate the depth enormously. It's superbly composed in brilliant clarity and delicately detailed lending to an impressive nature of the architecture. Very well done, Congrats.
Corry (1525) 2013-09-13 9:03
Belle prise de vue en contre plongée de cette église et de son campanile. Le sentier ajoute de la profondeur à l'image et les fleurs rehaussent la composition. Bien fait.
npecanhuk (56372) 2013-09-13 18:57
Wonderful picture of very beautiful and interesting details1
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
GiovanniG (2315) 2013-09-13 19:24
Splendid capture with great color and perspective.
Well done sir.
jjcordier (67292) 2013-09-13 22:32
Bel ensemble de bâtiments photographiés sous une belle lumière. Superbes couleurs.J'aurais peut-être essayé de redresser le campanile qui penche quand m^me beaucoup!
mkamionka (27089) 2013-09-14 13:36
You have found such a great POV to present this church in a very original way! I like it very much. The road and even more the flowers add such a lovely foreground. Great vivid colors too, very eye catching.
Indrasish (2351) 2013-09-14 21:35
excellent shot here.. i love the composition and the long vertical frame.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. Very well done.. And thanks for attaching an interesting note with it..
Good morning and have a nice day..
bayno (18338) 2013-09-26 2:09
I like the composition here, good management of the strong light, very beautiful the sky that contrasts well with the color of the particular church ... excellent detail and pleasant colors...