Madonna ta’ Loreto

I find myself writing this blog post rather later than usual today, but perhaps that’s not such a surprise when I spent most of the day working on a much longer technical blog post. A bonus, however, is that for this week’s throwback post I’m sharing four related photos of a lovely country chapel, dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto. The chapel sits in the outskirts of Gudja, literally next to the main runway of Malta International Airport. In fact, this chapel has been a familiar sight every time we’re flying off or on final approach on our way back home.

I visited this chapel on a walk starting from Birżebbuġa, where for the most part I was walking on country lanes between the fields. I remember that when I arrived there were a couple older gentlemen having a chat in front of the chapel. I suppose this was their catching-up time. I explored a few options for composing my photos, and started setting up my tripod etc. My intent was to wait for them to leave and then make my photos. However, when they realised what I was up to, they directly asked me if they were in the way. I told them not to worry about it, that I would need some time to set up anyway. But they insisted, and started moving to the side. I really appreciated their kindness, but had to explain to them how wide these lenses really go. No point in having them move, but still show up in the photos. They kindly moved a bit further, and I made my photos.

The chapel dates back to the middle of the sixteenth century, though what we see today is mostly the result of the enlargement a little more than a hundred years later. Those who would like to know more about the chapel should visit Kappelli Maltin (in Maltese).


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