Ta' Pinu church - Gharb - Gozo
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PetjeOp
N 36° 03.520 E 014° 13.225
33S E 429789 N 3990737
Quick Description: A stations of the cross walk up on Ta' Ghammar hill.
Location: Malta
Date Posted: 9/13/2021 6:55:35 AM
Waymark Code: WM14YNT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1
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Long Description:
During one of our holidays in Malta we visited Gozo.
Here we found a special place.
Opposite the Ta' Pinu Baseliek is Ta' Ghammar hill. This is where the start of a Way of the Cross walk starts.
Uphill is a steep winding, difficult path. You pass several life-size statues depicting the way of the cross of Jesus.
All statues are made of white marble.

During the walk you have a breathtaking view over the island.
After the last image it is worth walking a little further.
There you will find an amphitheater.

On hot day's don't forget to take water with you!

"How did the idea of having a Via Crucis on Ta’ Ghammar hill come about?

It all goes back to the times of a saintly local man called Frangisk Portelli, whom it is said was asked by the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu to share the devotion to Christ’s hidden wound – a wound that was caused by the heavy burden of the wooden cross on his shoulder. By the end of World War II, devotees began making personal pilgrimages up the steep hilltop as an act of repentance. Eventually, someone proposed to take this a step further and establish the path as a Via Crucis for pilgrims.

In total there are 14 statues, the first being the Last Supper basso relievo sculpture which you’ll find located on the Ta’ Pinu church parvis.

The second station, which is actually the first statue on the path of the hill is the one presenting the agony of Christ in the garden of Gethsemani. The statues do not follow the traditional Via Crucis but rather the biblical account of the passion of Christ.

The last statue you’ll encounter on your way to the top is the resurrection of Christ.

This last statue is just a step away from the entrance of the large amphitheater on top of the hill. The place can give quite a sublime or eerie feeling depending on the weather and time of day.

The white Carrara marble statues we see today, were placed along the path in the early 1980s. Produced in Italy at Pietra Santa, they are based on the designs of Alfred Camilleri Cauchi.

Every year, during one of the Sundays of Lent, the Church in Gozo organises a pilgrimage of penance, along the Via Crucis path up the hill. Set at dusk, many pilgrims, young and old, trudge up the hill carrying candles and torchlights. While a pious tone marks the religious event, there is no doubt that the path up the hill at dusk in the flickering light of candles and torchlight will let you appreciate another facet of the place and surrounding landscape.

The place is rarely mentioned in many of the travel guides about Gozo but it is indeed a lovely spot to trek and wonderful place to stop for a moment, take in the silence and maybe meditate… "
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Artist: based on the designs of Alfred Camilleri Cauchi.

Date: 1980

Materials: white Carrara marble

Website: Not listed

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