The Church of St. Paul, Rabat
The beautiful St. Paul's Church in Rabat stands above a grotto where St. Paul is said to have taken refuge after his shipwreck on Malta.
Acccording to the Book of Acts, Paul and his missionary party were shipwrecked on Malta for three months.
During his stay, Paul was bitten by a snake and remained unharmed, prompting the natives to regard him as a god. He later healed the father of the governor of the island, Publius, and many other people (Acts 28:1-11).
According to tradition, St Paul eschewed the comfortable surroundings offered to him and chose to live in this subterranean grotto instead. Whether or not this is true, it is possible that he preached from here.
What to See
The Church of St. Paul, built above the grotto, dates from the 17th century. The statue of St Paul was donated by Grand Master Pinto in 1748; the silver galley hanging from the ceiling was given by the Knights of St John in 1960 to mark the 1,900-year anniversary of St Paul's shipwreck. Pope John Paul prayed in the grotto during his visit in May 1990.
The Sanctuary of St Publius was added on to the Church of St. Paul in 1617. The Spaniard Publius came to Malta in about 1600 to become a knight, but upon visiting the grotto he decided to become a hermit instead. Lorenzo Gafa renovated the building in 1692 and his brother Melchiorre executed the marble statue of St Paul..
Note that St. Paul's Grotto is not the same as the similarly-named St. Paul's Catacombs, which are a few miles away.
Like nearby Mdina, Rabat played a major role in Malta’s past and is a prime source of its cultural heritage.
This large provincial township was part of the Roman city of Melita, with the sites and archaeological relics found testifying to the town's importance during the Roman period.
For many centuries, religious orders have established themselves within the precincts of Rabat and Franciscans, Dominicans and Augustinians still flourish here in their spacious convents and monasteries, catering for the religious needs of parishioners in their churches.
The town is a commercial centre and acts as a market to its large agricultural hinterland. It is also well established on the tourist map due to its archaeological and historical sites: The Roman House Domus, Catacombs, St. Paul’s Grotto and the fine churches and monasteries. (Source: visitmalta)
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snunney (92616) 2010-09-20 2:26
An agreeable atmospheric picture of this beautiful church. The point of view is well chosen to show off the detail in the lovely façade, which sits well under the splendid blue sky. Very good colours and sharpness. Have a good week.
besnard (55465) 2010-09-20 2:43
Une église intéressante mise en valeur avec une bonne lumière avec en plus le fiacre qui attend les touristes. Une belle image.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
Cricri (113671) 2010-09-20 3:11
C'est une découverte de voir Rabat, je n'ai pas eue assez de temps pour la visiter, belle présentation de l'église, bon détails et cadrage avec la calèche, le jeu ombre sur la façade par cette belle lumière, intéressante note aussi
dkmurphys (54499) 2010-09-20 3:24
Beautiful street scene. Also, the church is magnific, a weird combination of saint architecture and casino neon letters. The forbidden laterall signs force you to concentrate on the center of the image. Well done, perfect composition.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-09-20 3:36
It is beautiful and interesting legend, told in your note. It is also a beautiful image of architecture with an excellent controlled and too not filtered light, which gives a beautiful natural aspect to the stone. Excellent clearness. Cheer.
Have a nice day
asajernigan (21427) 2010-09-20 3:39
This is a great shot of this fine church. The balanced view is nice and the addition of the horse and carriage adds interest for the shot. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness.
mauro61 (52855) 2010-09-20 3:40
ben curata l'inquadratura con la carrozza davanti alla chiesa.
ottima l'architettura che ben presenti e la resa dei colori,
bukitgolfb301 (38528) 2010-09-20 3:47
Hello my dear George
Great and wonderful secnery/archtecture shot.
Bright but slight fresh color tone is marvelous.
Perfect composition and well calcurated framework as usual. Blessing on your great job and thanks for sharing, Have a nice start of new week and Best regards,
JFS (32459) 2010-09-20 4:03
This church taken but you looks beautiful. The light and the POV are excellent, as usual!
Have a good week
John_F_Kennedy (43555) 2010-09-20 4:41
A fine capture of this interesting building. The inclusion of the horse adds much to the mood. Well done.
Sergiom (70678) 2010-09-20 4:49
Cette calèeche bien placée pour attendre les touristes attend patiemment sous le chaud soleil de Malte. L'église déploie une trèes belle architecture.
sandpiper (6788) 2010-09-20 5:00
A fine looking church and nice symetry to the shot. I like teh horse and buggy in the foreground. Good composition.
npecanhuk (72092) 2010-09-20 5:54
Very beautiful church!
Very attractive architecture picture!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, pp, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders and symmetrical composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats!
vasilpro (41187) 2010-09-20 8:25
Wonderful composition, interesting architecture, excellent light management, beautiful church, very pleasant the presents of a horse and the carriage in FG, very nice POV, fine photo work.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
faletiz (10759) 2010-09-20 11:18
a fascinating imagine, I love it! There is also a wheelchair waiting tourists ... bright, colored with an excellent shot.
COSTANTINO (61447) 2010-09-20 12:43
your collection of photos is excellent
you have a real album of interesting photos
the architectural details are very well composed
beautiful street scene with the little horse
and the magnificent church
ymrk (15047) 2010-09-20 12:50
i've liked the phaeton in front of the church!incredible persspective indeed,
all the bsst György!
Silvio1953 (133860) 2010-09-20 13:18
Ciao George, great POV on beautiful church, lovely composition with horse and carriage, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
ifege (10367) 2010-09-20 19:23
A good photo of this ornate church George. good colour and extra interest with the people and horse and cart.
jjcordier (79289) 2010-09-20 23:19
Une façade d'église assez étonnante (qui fait un peu mexicaine!)que tu as parfaitement cadrée, agrémentant l'image avec cette jolie calèche.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-09-21 0:50
Hello George! Wonderful church, amazing facade, excellent horse and coach, fine weather, nice lightness and colours. Good work. Well done! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
saxo042 (37730) 2010-09-21 8:22
A very interesting not to this picture, which is also very good. A fine street view and daily life capture in front of this impressive church!
TopGeo (38216) 2010-09-22 0:02
Hi George!A very nice view of very beautiful church!
Very attractive architecture picture!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, contrasts, horizontal format, . I like the beautiful The beautiful Church St. Paul's in Rabat The point "FG"of view is well chosen to show off the detail in the lovely facade, which sits well under the splendid blue sky and the good lights here. The clarity is superb.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-13
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-20 2:00