Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Wayside Chapels – St Anthony (l/o Mdina)

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This chapel is situated in an abandoned cemetery underneath the lofty walls of Mdina. The cemetery was used to bury people who died during outbreaks of the plague or who fell victim to other infectious illnesses such as cholera and tuberculosis. Up until fairly recently, both the chapel and the cemetery were derelict and over-grown with weeds and wild plants. In the last couple of years some form of restoration effort seems to be taking place. According to the website Kappelli Maltin (Maltese Chapels), the chapel was built some time in the mid-1800s.

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St Anthony’s Chapel & Cemetery

Infetti Road

l/o Mdina

Photographed February 2010

10 comments:

  1. Hello Loree:
    We are so heartened to read that this wayside chapel is undergoing some form of restoration. It is so important, in our view, that such places are preserved and not lost to future generations.

    One of the things which we so much love about Hungary, and many other European countries too, is the presence of wayside crosses and chapels to be seen throughout the countryside.

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    1. I completely agree with restoration and preservation and saving things for posterity. This island is small but wayside chapels abound and I love discovering them.

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  2. What a beautiful little church and these old gravestones ! Just like they do in little English villages, the graves are always in front of the church.

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    1. I love English graves. There is a something different about them.

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  3. An excellent subject for a post, Loree. Thank you for sharing it with us. It seems so radiant, somehow, despite the ravages of time.

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  4. Thank you Suze. This little chapel is not too far from where I live and it has always intrigued me.

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  5. You know how I enjoy the stories, the history and your photos of Malta. This one is no exception and the lighting in the top photo is mesmerizing! It had to have been in the magical light of late afternoon.

    Bises,
    Genie

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  6. Nice to learn that someone or group is making the effort to care for this historical place.

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