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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - St. Catherine of Italy

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Church of St. Catherine of Italy

South Street, (Triq Nofsinhar), Valletta

 

This quaint chapel was built in 1576 under the auspices of Girolamo Cassar. It was enlarged in 1683 and in 1713 Romano Carapecchia enhanced the façade by giving it its present portico.

Sadly it was neglected for many years and was allowed to deteriorate. The elements, especially rain water seeping into the dome has taken its toll on the frescoes within. Restoration works on the façade sponsored by the Italian Government were completed in 2003; Bank of Valletta has undertaken the restoration of the chapel's cupola.

The dome itself is divided into eight segments; within each segment is a depiction of an episode in the life of St. Catherine. The titular painting by Mattia Preti and a painting of Our Lady of Sorrows by Benedetto Luti have been transferred to the museum of St. John's Co-Cathdedral. Most of the interior paintings are thought to have been entrusted by the Knights to Leonardo Romei, paying him 20 scudi.

This chapel is also the final resting place of a Knight of the Italian Langue, Fra Piccolomini,