When it seemed that nothing could stop the plague, the Maltese turned to the Immaculate Conception. This story is the second part of the series "Malta Under the gaze of Mary."
The Franciscan Friars of the Custody of the Holy Land have an 800-year-old tradition of offering hospitality to pilgrims.
Many popes chose to escape the heat of Rome for peaceful towns in the Eternal City's surrounding hills.
Pilgrims and tourists alike are invited to stay at monasteries and convent houses.
Unassuming rural buildings hide UNESCO World Heritage Byzantine murals.
These deeply venerated icons were brought to Malta by expatriate Greeks from the island of Rhodes.
For centuries, the water has been known for its healing properties, which Leonardo da Vinci, after months of research, called “miraculous.”
There are many tales of how they got there, including one involving the establishment of a Spanish Dominican settlement.
One of the oldest traditions is that St. Luke painted this fresco during his sojourn in Malta, way back in AD 60.
The Santwarju tal-Kunċizzjoni Immakulata tal-Qala is one of the most ancient places of Christian worship in the Maltese Islands.