The Church Of The Friars Minor, Which Is Dedicated To St. Mary Of Jesus, Came To Be Popularly Known By The Maltese As "Ta' Ġieżu". "Ta' Ġieżu" Is A Local Corruption Of "Ta' Ġesù" - Of Jesus.
In 1571, The Friars Minor Were Granted A Piece Of Land In Valletta To Build A Church. Work Began Shortly Afterwards, Following The Design Of Gerolamo Cassar. The Façade Was Replaced In 1680, By Mederico Blondel.
The Main Attraction Is Undoubtedly The Impressive Miraculous Crucifix By The Sicilian Friar, Umile Pintorno, Which Dates Back To Around 1630. It Immediately Attracted The Attention Of The Maltese Who Still Hold It In Great Devotion. Accompanying The Crucifix Is A Painting Of Our Lady Of Sorrows By Stefano Erardi.
The Church Also Houses The Remains Of Blessed Ignatius Falzon (1813 - 1865), A Diocesan Cleric Greatly Venerated By The Maltese, While Those Of Blessed Dumink Mifsud OFM., († 1570), Are Found In The Sacristy.
- Added: 18 Apr 2011
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2398408
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