St Angelo's Chapel, Żejtun

St Angelo's Chapel is a Baroque 17th-century Roman Catholic church in Żejtun, Malta.

St Angelo's Chapel
Kappella ta' Sant' Anġlu
St Angelo's Chapel is located in Malta
St Angelo's Chapel
St Angelo's Chapel
35°51′13.1″N 14°31′52.7″E / 35.853639°N 14.531306°E / 35.853639; 14.531306
DenominationRoman Catholic
Founder(s)Gregorio Bonnici
DedicationAngelus of Jerusalem

History edit

The chapel was built and founded in 1670 through the initiatives of Gregorio Bonnici, a nobleman who was a main benefactor for the building of the parish church of St Catherine. Plans for the building of the church are attributed to Lorenzo Gafà. On 4 April 1765, the chapel was declared an abbey church and confirmed as such by the Bishop of Malta Lorenzo D'Astiria on 24 April of the same year. The founder, Gregorio Bonnici, decreed that the deeds and ownership of the church be passed on to the first-born of his successors. His nephew Reverend Mario Testaferrata became the first abbot. When the church was built, it had a dome and a Barrel vault however around 1840 one of the side walls started to crumble. Consequently, in 1843, the dome was demolished and the roof and facade restored.[1] Nowadays the church is still owned by the family Testaferrata-Bonnici.

Interior edit

The chapel includes some notable and priceless works of art by Giuseppe D'Arena. There are 3 altars, one high altar and two side ones. The high altar is decorated with two columns on each side adoring the painting of St Angelo.[2]

There are a number of graves in the church, belonging to members of the Testaferrata-Bonnici family, amongst them the grave of the founder himself, Gregorio Bonnici.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ Spiteri, Mikiel (2000). A Hundred Wayside Chapels of Malta & Gozo, pp.176–177. Heritage Books, Valletta. ISBN 999099305X.
  2. ^ "Church of St. Angelo" Zejtin Local Council, Malta. Retrieved on 7 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Żejtun" Malta-Canada, Malta. Retrieved on 7 July 2017.