There are so many different venues across the island to check out that you are practically spoiled for choice. Of course you don’t want to have the feeling that you’re missing out; so to help you plan your itinerary when visiting Malta for the festival (or any type of trip), here are some of the top venues on the island to visit:
Our Lady of ta’ Pinu, Gozo
Located on the secondary island of Gozo, Our Lady of ta’ Pinu (or simply Ta’ Pinu for short) is a stunning example of religious architecture. It has been rated as the top attraction in Gharb and when you have the chance to step foot inside on a sunny day you can see why. Although only consecrated in 1932, the building has a history dating all the way back to the 16th century as one of the first real churches in the area. It has an idyllic setting at a high point on the island, allowing for vista style views no matter where outside you are standing. The arched interior allows for a slight boom of acoustic, making it the perfect location to listen to the organ.
St Augustine Church, Valletta
One does not expect such grandeur from a church and yet this is an example of a church as a true place of cherished worship. St Augustines’ is one of the oldest and most prominent churches on the island, having been built in the midst of the Valletta’s own creation as a city. It holds status as one of the first listed buildings in Malta and it is easy to see why. The interior is overwhelming in some regards and the deep reds aren’t what you would usually find in a church. One of the most popular religious attractions in the Mediterranean is located within the building too. While not in this picture, there is a status of St Rita which is of great significance for the people of Malta. Every year on May 22nd the statue is taken from its plinth and led on a procession around the parish. The venue is very popular for evening events when the space can be lit up as you see above.
St Pauls – Mdina
The original focal point of the city. St Pauls is what you could imagine as a church that brings everyone together. It has a rather grandiose facade (look at the people standing at the left door for a sense of scale) but when you’re inside you see why it is held in such high regard. It has a larger open space than most other churches on the island and is a great venue for those performances that are a bit lighter on the organ as it helps softer sounds travel quite well. Since being founded in 1697, St Pauls has played host to many guests and travellers, but an afternoon spent in here with an organ is something to behold.
St.Johns – Valletta
Known as the “co-cathedral” of the capital, St Johns is a very detailed and precise looking building. Every inch seems to have detail and a story behind it, and with the case of the building itself, it does. This wasn’t a church built by the people but by the military, namely the Knights Hospitaller. They were a Roman Catholic military order set up to help those travelling towards the Holy Land by providing shelter, food and health care. While the order made its way throughout Europe and even across the ocean to the Americas as part of their plans to colonise regions. The cathedral though remains one of the legacy pieces for a group who never tried to pride themselves on riches, but rather spreading knowledge of peace throughout the world.
There you have it. Four of the main venues around the island used during the festival.