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Our Lady of Victories Church

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Valletta, Malta.

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This small church was the first building of Valletta. Not just the most important, this was the first, built to commemorate the triumph of Malta and the Knights of St. John over the Turkish in the Great Siege of 1565. The body of Jean Parisot de Valette, a Grand Master of the Knights of St. John, and as you may guess from the name, the city’s namesake and layer of the first stone in it’s construction, was entombed here before being moved to the Co-cathedral of St. John

The bust of Pope Innocent XI wasn’t added until 1690, and further changes were made mid 18th Century, when it was used as a garrison church for Catholic soldiers, which is why it’s looks so Baroque today.

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Actually, this is the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Parish church of the village of Xaghra, in Gozo.

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