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Mellieha Paris Church

The local parish church

One may wonder that Mellieha town is as relatively young as it is, as it has an excellent location on top of a large cliff and with a nice view of Mellieha bay, but the town only started to take shape in the mid 1800- century. The population is now around 5,000, which is not much either. The town consists primarily of a long main street with a number of shops, banks, restaurants and a church from which there is an excellent view. At the church you will also find some unique shelters from World War II - "Mellieha Shelters", which is quite unique.

Mellieha

One of the many small shops in the main street - Winter 2010

If you are standing down in the bay area and feel like going up to the city on the top, it would be a great idea just to consider if the time is right. If it is high summer and in the middle of the day, one should strongly consider whether the project shouldn't be postponed until the worst heat has abated - Because even if the distance seems to be rather short, the constant increase can quickly bring out even a very deep red color throughout the head of even the most top-trained tourist. However, it is definitely recommended to go up there - especially if you have not tried it before - but just not while the sun is highest in the sky.

The church was built in the period 1881 - 1898

Our Lady Of The Grotto

The entrance to "Our Lady Of The Grotto"

Our Lady Of The Grotto

When walking from Mellieha Bay and up to the town, at the church you can see a small entrance on the left with a sign, "Our Lady Of The Grotto". Open the door and go down the stairs. In this cave there is a spring which is supposed to have a healing effect.

Our Lady Of The Grotto

Down here, there are all sorts of children's clothes and thank you letters, which was hung up by grateful parents whose children have recovered after the parents have prayed in the cave and the children have received water from the holy spring.

Our Lady Of The Grotto

 

This church was consecrated in the year 409 and was visited by Pope Poul John II in 1990. It was on this occasion that the pope appointed the church a shrine.

 

Pictures from "Our Lady OF The Grotto".

Mellieha Memorial

Memorial site - not burial ground - to the left of the church

Close to the church is a sign referring to the "Mellieha shelters", which are shelters carved out inside the rock. This was done so that the people could seek shelter from the violent bombings Malta was subjected to during World War II. Furthermore, the shelters were also used to store part of Valletta's many treasures.

 Mellieha Shelters

The entrance to the Mellieha Shelters

During World War II, Malta became one of the most bombed areas and in the course of 2½ years, the country experienced more than 3,000 alarms and over 17,000 tons of bombs were dropped over the islands. For the same reason the 500 meter long shelters were frequently used in Mellieha.

Tegning over Mellieha Shelters - 2010

Drawing of Mellieha Shelters - 2010  

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Mellieha Shelters - 2004

 

Mellieha Shelters - December 2009

There is ongoing work to improve the exhibition inside Mellieha Shelters and a lot has happened since we were there for the first time in 2004 and until now - December 2012. For example. realistic sounds have now been added, which makes the exhibition very lively.

From Mellieha by - Februar 2010

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Mellieha Bay - Winter 2008

Marfa Ridge - Winter 2010

Mellieha Bay area - Marfa Ridge - Winter 2010

From Marfa Ridge there is not only an excellent view of Mellieha Bay but also of the islands of Comino and Gozo which are clearly seen from this ridge. On this peninsula, most of the nature is unspoilt and it is here that you see some of the local Maltese people. Many of them have a small boat here, which is used to just catch a few fish for today's dinner. At the end of Marfa Ridge is a small chapel and a Madonna statue.

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Mellieha Bay - Marfa Ridge - Winter 2008

Marfa Ridge - Winter 2010

Mellieha Bay area - Winter 2010

 

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