The Basilica of Ta’ Pinu
On a small hilltop with vast views of the sea nearby, this neo-romantic Roman-Catholic church on the island of Gozo became a place of pilgrimage for those who believe in miracles and signs after a woman from a nearby village heard the voice of Virgin Mary inside. Because of its popularity, the 16th century site was remodeled in 1920, featuring typical Maltese limestone, intricate and colorful mosaics and a vast range of stained glass windows. It’s since been visited by two popes: John Paul II in 1990 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.
By Sara Lieberman, AFAR Contributor
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