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Franciscan Church of St Mary of Jesus

Church of St Mary of Jesus
Knisja ta' Ġieżu
Franciscan Church of St Mary of Jesus.jpg
Façade of the church
Church of St Mary of Jesus is located in Malta
Church of St Mary of Jesus
Church of St Mary of Jesus
35°53′47″N 14°30′48″E / 35.89639°N 14.51333°E / 35.89639; 14.51333Coordinates: 35°53′47″N 14°30′48″E / 35.89639°N 14.51333°E / 35.89639; 14.51333
DenominationRoman Catholic
DedicationSt Mary of Jesus
Functional statusConventual church
Architect(s)Girolamo Cassar
Architectural typeChurch
StyleBaroque and Mannerist
ArchbishopCharles Scicluna
RectorJoe Caruana

The Franciscan Church of St Mary of Jesus is a church in Valletta, Malta, which is dedicated to St Mary of Jesus and is cared for by the religious order of Friars Minor. It came to be popularly known by the Maltese as Ta' Ġieżu. Ta' Ġieżu is a local corruption of Ta' Ġesù (of Jesus).


In 1571 the Friars Minor were granted a piece of land in Valletta on which to build a church. Work began shortly afterwards, following the design of Girolamo Cassar. The façade was replaced in 1680 by Mederico Blondel. Numerous grandmasters contributed lavishly towards the embellishment of the church which now hosts various works of art.


Interior of the church

The main attraction is undoubtedly the impressive Miraculous Crucifix (in Maltese: Il-Kurċifiss Mirakuluż), by the Sicilian friar Innocenzo da Petralia Sottana around 1630. It immediately attracted the attention of the people. Accompanying the crucifix is a painting of Our Lady of Sorrows by Stefano Erardi.

The titular painting is the work of the Sicilian artist Antonio Catalano. It is dated 1600 and depicts the Visitation of Our Lady to St Elizabeth.

The first victim of the 1813–14 plague epidemic in Malta, a young girl, was buried inside the church, at the lack of knowledge by everyone of the circumstances of her death.

The church hosts the grave of Blessed Nazju Falzon (1813–1865), a diocesan cleric greatly venerated by the Maltese, who taught Catholic catechism to British sailors stationed in Malta.

The church building is listed on the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands.

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