Church St. Agatha - Sant' Agatha, Mdina

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Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
The Chapel of St Agatha is a small Roman Catholic church located in the medieval city of Mdina, Malta.
The present structure dates from the 17th century however a much older church existed on its site. The original medieval chapel was built in 1417 by a nobleman Francesco Gattoand his wife Paola de' Castelli. On 22 January 1575 the chapel was visited by Bishop Pietro Dusina on his apostolic visit to Malta. Prior to 1661 the chapel was owned by the Gatto Murina family. In 1661 the chapel was given to the church in Malta. The medieval chapel was damaged in the 1693 Sicily earthquake which destroyed much of Mdina including the medieval cathedral.
The new chapel was built on designs by renowned architect Lorenzo Gafà. The chapel was blessed by the Archdeacon Antonio Cauchi in the presence of Bishop Davide Cocco Palmieri and the Grand Master Adrien de Wignacourt, on 26 June 1696.
The titular painting depicts St Agatha, patroness of Malta, together with St Adrian, the work of Giuseppe D'Arena.
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  • If you start your city tour by veering left from the Greek gate to Mdina, this little chapel will be immediately on your right. Nice architecture; if the iron gate is open, can also have a quick look....  more »
  • This small chapel was built in 1417. We couldn't go inside, because it was closed, but we could have a look at it from the doorway. It's nice but nothing special. St. Agatha is one of Malta's patron.....  more »
  • Extremely cute small chapel but we could not get in unfortunately! It is well preserved but still could see it from the gate!
  • Very romantic chapel. Unfortunately we couldn‘t get in. It‘s closed.

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