Gozo Ta Pinu Basilic Malta Guided Tour Blog
The magnificent Ta’Pinu basilica is surrounded by breathtaking scenic views, making the church an absolute must-see on Gozo island.

Ta’Pinu, which is a Roman Catholic basilica and national shrine, is located 700 meters from the village of Gharb on Gozo island. The basilica is located on the edge of a cliff in the open countryside, which allows visitors to enjoy beautiful views of the area.

Today’s monumental shrine to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu was built between 1920 and 1931. It is an architectural masterpiece, especially inside with its superb sculptures and craftsmanship in Maltese stone. The sanctuary was constructed in front of the original chapel. The chapel remains intact behind the altar and still contains the painting of the Assumption to Heaven of Our Lady from which the voice is said to have spoken to Karmni Grima.

Interesting facts about Ta’Pinu

The statues

A series of 14 marble statues representing the Via Crucis or Way of the Cross run-up Ghammar Hill opposite the Church.

The statues

A series of 14 marble statues representing the Via Crucis or Way of the Cross run-up Ghammar Hill opposite the Church.

Ta’ Pinu owes its very existence to a miracle

In 1883, Karmni Grima and her friend Francis Portelli heard a voice asking them to pray at the site. Soon after, Francis’ mother recovered from a severe illness.

Ta’ Pinu owes its very existence to a miracle

In 1883, Karmni Grima and her friend Francis Portelli heard a voice asking them to pray at the site. Soon after, Francis’ mother recovered from a severe illness.

Dozens of miracles are said to have been performed there over the decades. It was believed that the prayers said in the chapel in the 19th century saved Gozo from the plague.

Today, the walls of the church museum are covered in tokens of gratitude left by people who were cured, including letters of thanks, hearing aids, walking sticks and artificial limbs, hearing aids and letters. 

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