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Crypt of St. Catherine, Zejtun

Crypt of St. Catherine, Żejtun

Artist & artwork at this venue:

Eulalia Valldosera


Resurrection, 2018

The crypt is a site normally associated with darkness and the ultimate spiritual unknown. The artworks Mantle of Mary and Stars of our Ancestors seek to shed light on such a place.

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Crypt of St. Catherine

Colloquially known as the Cathedral of the East, the church was built between 1692 and 1720, according to the design of Lorenzo Gafà, one of Malta’s foremost architects. Żejtun Parish Church is considered by many as his masterpiece. It is an imposing edifice, with an attractive dome, Doric and Ionic pilasters, and massive cornices all round.

The Crypts of the Parish Church have been dug in the rocks with a roof supported by fifteen large stone arches. The grave in front of the altar was reserved for the Testaferrata family, the heirs of the benefactor Girgor Bonici. The first burial took place in 1709 and the crypt remained in use until 1975.

Adjacent to the Church, the Żejtun Parish Church Museum displays a selection of objects and artworks related to the parish and history of Żejtun.

Parish Church of St. Catherine
Misrah ir-Repubblika
Bon Kunsill, Iż-Żejtun, Malta

Opening hours:
Tue - Fri 2 pm - 6 pm
Sa, Su 10 am - 6 pm

Tour through the venues with information and photos about the sites and exhibited artworks, as well as interactive geolocations.

© Photos: Courtesy Valletta 2018 Foundation
© Photo on top: Darren Agius

A Contemporary Art Exhibition at various Heritage Sites

13 October - 9 December 2018

Curator: Rosa Martínez

Austin Camilleri, Chiharu Shiota, Eulalia Valldosera, Forensic Oceanography and Forensic Architecture, Kyung-Jin Cho, Malta Fancy Poultry and Pigeon Club, Marina Abramović, Readymades in Malta, Saskia Calderón, Tania Berta Judith, Yoshitomo Nara

Part of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture
Valletta 2018 Foundation

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