|Our Lady of Mellieha
The Sanctuary originates from the tradition that Saint Luke, who accompanied St. Paul during his stay in Malta about the year 60 AD, painted an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The image the pilgrims venerate in the cave which is the centre of the Sanctuary dates from 12th or 13th century. The image was painted directly on the rock.
The inhabitants of Malta prayed to the Blessed Virgin of Mellieha each time the Island was threatened by the Corsairs or by the Turks as well as in times of drought.
Pope John-Paul II visited Mellieha as a pilgrim on 26th May 1990.
The Feast of the Sanctuary is kept on 8th September.