St Clement's Chapel, Żejtun

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

St Clement's Chapel
Kappella ta' San Klement
St Clement's Chapel is located in Malta
St Clement's Chapel
St Clement's Chapel
35°51′37.4″N 14°31′56.6″E / 35.860389°N 14.532389°E / 35.860389; 14.532389
DenominationRoman Catholic
Founder(s)Clemente Tabone
DedicationPope Clement I
Functional statusChurch

History edit

This chapel was built as a thanksgiving for a vow that a certain village local did. Clemente Tabone had vowed that should his life be spared from the invading piracy headed by the Turkish army who constantly attacked Malta during the 17th century, he would build a chapel in honor of St Clement to whom he prayed. The chapel was built in 1658. Klement was also responsible for equipping the chapel with all items needed to celebrate services and for the celebration of the feast of St Clement every 23 November with vespers and mass. Klement was also responsible for lighting the oil lamp in the chapel in commemoration of his late wife Dorothy Cumbo and for the celebration of two masses every week.[1][2]

Interior edit

The titular painting, the work of Stefano Erardi, depicts its founder Clemente Tabone, whose head and prayerful hands can be spotted in the bottom left corner. The painting depicts Pope Clement I, the Blessed Virgin and the child Jesus with several angles. The painting dates from 1662. Another notable painting, by Francesco Zahra, depicts the Pietà.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ "Żejtun" Malta-Canada, Malta. Retrieved on 7 July 2017.
  2. ^ Spiteri, Mikiel (2000). A Hundred Wayside Chapels of Malta & Gozo, pp.238–239. Heritage Books, Valletta. ISBN 999099305X.
  3. ^ Bugeja, Anton (July 2014). "Clemente Tabone: the man, his family and the early years of St Clement's chapel". In Ruben Abela (ed.). The Turkish Raid of 1614 (PDF). Wirt iz-Zejtun. pp. 45–47. doi:10.13140/2.1.3072.4803. ISBN 978-99957-840-0-3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 June 2018.