Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary Overview in Gharb, Gozo
This sanctuary is visited by a number of pilgrimages on a daily basis. Both Karmni Grima and Frenc ta’ l-Gharb were buried inside this church due to their devotion towards Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu. This sanctuary is opened daily.
A chapel stood on the spot even from before 1545, the year that the chapel had just been rebuilt. It was deconsecrated in 1575 by Mons.Dusina, but through the efforts of Pinu Gauci, (hence its nickname), it was restored to a very good condition after 1615. It was probably deconsecrated again in 1665 and by 1676 it was nearly a ruin. However it was soon restored. Until the middle of the 1730's the locals and the noble family De Piro took care of it. Again for years it was neglected but again thanks to a few devotees it was saved from ruin. The present Sanctuary is a place of pilgrimage for the Maltese. Its origins go back to June 1883 when a peasant woman was alleged to have heard the voice of the Virgin Mary in the old chapel. In the following years, many miracles and acts of grace were said to be manifested at the site. It was believed that the prayers said in the chapel saved Gozo from the plague which had stricken Malta at that time. The locals therefore decided to build a larger and more magnificent church on the site in honour of the Blessed Virgin. Funds were raised by Gozitans and expatriates. Work on the new church began in 1920, with voluntary labour from the local community. In 1931, Ta' Pinu was consecrated and a year later Pope Pius XI raised it to the status of Basilica. The original 16th century chapel was fully integrated into the new church. One can see it at the far end behind the main altar, full of its original paintings and votive tablets. The titular painting is from 1619 and is by Bartolomeo Amadeo Perugino. The church, with its fine tower, was built in Romanesque style and dominates the skyline.
Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary Tips & Guide
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 7.00am, 8.30am, 6.30pm
Sunday and Feast Days: 6.15am, 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.15am, 5.00pm
Contact information: Telephone: +356 21556187