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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - St. Margaret Parish Church, Sannat

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St. Margaret Parish Church

Sannat

 

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Sannat is the only parish on the Maltese islands dedicated to St. Margaret. It was declared an independent parish in 1688, by Bishop Davide Cocco-Palmeri, after having been petitioned by the residents of the village. Fr. Lazzaro Camilleri was appointed parish priest.

 

The construction of the new church commenced in 1718 next to the old chapel. It was consecrated on October 16th, 1855. The building was further enlarged in the 1860's and consecrated anew on November 22nd, 1868.

The nave was enlarged by Parish Priest John Andrea Vella, who also commissioned Clemente Busuttil to design a new façade. This parish priest was responsible for the construction of the sacristy and the enlargement of the the square in front of the church. A dome designed by Ugo Mallia was constructed in 1910.

The titular painting bears the hallmarks of Stefano Erardi and shows the saint holding a palm frond and a cross, on which a dove is perched, whilst an angel holding a crown hovers over her head.

In 1862, Parish Priest Francis Borg engaged Karl Darmanin, one of the outstanding sculptors of his time, to create the titular statue. In 1890, this was replaced with a newer statue. Sculpted at the Marseille-based company Gallard et Fils, this statue depicts the saint on her way to martyrdom, clutching a palm tree and a cross atop which sits a white dove.

The left hand side of the building is flanked by four badly weathered stone figures.