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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Santa Marija

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Santa Marija Church

Żebbuġ

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The foundation stone of the Santa Marija Church at Żebbug was laid in 1690, two years after Bishop Davide Cocco-Palmieri declared Żebbuġ a parish. It was consecrated by Bishop Alpheran de Bussan in 1726.

The altar-piece by Francesco de Dominics shows the Virgin Mary being crowned as the Queen of Heaven by the Blessed Trinity. Flanking this are two paintings by Antonio Zammit which depict the Nativity of Our Lady and the Presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple.

A statue showing the assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven was acquired in 1863 from the Marseille-based Gallard et Fils. This church also holds the mortal remains of the Roman martyr Saint Fortunato.

Notably, many objects within this church building including the pulpit, the fonts and the confessionals are adorned with decorations made from Gozo onyx – an unusual material quarried in a nearby field at is-Sagħtarija. A marble monument to Saviour (Salvu) Cefai, the owner of the field was inaugurated within the church on the first anniversary of his death in June, 1996 for having made this material available for the embellishment of this temple.