St Paul's Island
St Paul's Island (also referred to as Selmunett and Island of St Paul) is a small island close to Selmun near the north-east of the island of Malta. St Paul's Island is sometimes split into two islands when the sea is rough. The two islands together are referred to in the plural as St Paul's Islands, or sometimes the smaller island is called Quartz Island. St Paul's Island has been uninhabited since the sole farmer abandoned his tiny dwelling and fields decades ago, thus making it the largest uninhabited island of Malta.
The Acts of the Apostles tell the story of how St Paul was shipwrecked on an island which some scholars have identified as Malta while on his way to Rome to face charges. Traditionally, St Paul's Bay and, specifically, St Paul's Island are identified as the location for this shipwreck. A prominent statue of the saint, erected in 1845, stands on the island.
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