Annunciation Church, Tarxien

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Annunciation Church
The Parish Church of the Annunciation of Our Lord
Il-Knisja Parrokkjali tal-Lunzjata
Tarxien Parish Church.jpg
Annunciation Church is located in Malta
Annunciation Church
Annunciation Church
35°51′53.9″N 14°30′41.0″E / 35.864972°N 14.511389°E / 35.864972; 14.511389Coordinates: 35°51′53.9″N 14°30′41.0″E / 35.864972°N 14.511389°E / 35.864972; 14.511389
LocationTarxien
CountryMalta
DenominationRoman Catholic
WebsiteWebsite of the Church
History
StatusActive
Founded1610
DedicationAnnunciation
Consecrated8 May 1782
Architecture
Functional statusParish church
Architectural typeChurch
Specifications
Number of domes11
Number of spires2
MaterialsLimestone
Administration
ParishTarxien
ArchdioceseMalta
Clergy
ArchbishopCharles Scicluna
Priest in chargeMichael Bellizzi

The Parish Church of the Annunciation of Our Lord or simply Annunciation Church or in Maltese Il-Knisja tal-Lunzjata is a Roman Catholic Parish church located in the village of Tarxien in Malta.

History[edit]

The parish of Tarxien was created on May 29, 1592 by Bishop Tomás Gargallo.[1] Works on the parish church started during the start of the 17th century, the traditional date being May 5, 1610. The church was built on the site of 3 respective chapels. It was recorded that by 1621 the construction was still in progress and that in 1627 works on the architecture was completed. By 1636 the church had two spires. In 1740 the side chapels were built, three on each side of the church. During the 18th century the church underwent extensive changes in its structure and architecture especially in its facade. The church was consecrated on May 8, 1782.[2]

Interior[edit]

There are a total of 11 side altars in their respective chapels and one high altar dedicated to the Annunciation of Jesus. The high altar, which was in use prior to the changes brought by the Second Vatican Council, is made of marble and is the work of Antonio Nikolas of Senglea. The high altar was blessed on October 19, 1779. The titular painting depicting the Annunciation is the work of Pietro Gagliardi dating from 1874.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hal Tarxien parish church". Malta.com. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Il-Knisja Parrokjali". Tarxien parish Church. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Hal Tarxien". Archdiocese of Malta. Retrieved 3 March 2017.