Ta' Pinu Gozo: A National Shrine of Miracles

Welcome to the incredible architectural masterpiece of Our Lady of Ta Pinu sanctuary in Gozo, where history, faith, and awe-inspiring beauty merge to create a transcendent experience. Cradled amidst the scenic landscapes of the beautiful island of Gozo, this place is of spiritual significance, attracting pilgrims and visitors worldwide.

In this blog post, we embark on a soul-stirring journey to unravel the mysteries and charm of Ta Pinu National Shrine as we delve into its rich past, engage ourselves in its architectural marvel, and discover the deep spiritual allure that has captured the hearts of numerous visitors. Join us as we explore the peace and tranquillity of Our Lady of Ta Pinu Basilica Gozo, where each step presents a chance to embrace timeless devotion and find solace in embracing faith.

The square of the Minor Basilica embraces visitors encircled by walls with mosaics by Jesuit Father Marko Ivan Rupnik, symbolising the four mysteries of the rosary as an invitation to pilgrims to pray and reflect. When entering the basilica, the interior shines tranquillity and affection. The structure elements seamlessly combine, creating a symphony of spirituality that resonates within the soul. Stained glass windows, steeped in the vibrant hues of Maltese stone, sprinkle the interior with a kaleidoscope of colours, filling the space with a celestial glow that reflects the blessed Virgin Mary's presence.

Every iconic detail within the sacred space of the basilica has deep meaning for the faithful. The focal point remains the stunning image of Our Lady of Ta' Pinu, a timeless source of comfort and hope for countless pilgrims. This artistic painting, commissioned centuries ago, ignites affection and respect, an enduring connection to the Blessed Mother, who watches over her devoted devotees.

How to get to Ta’ Pinu

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Transportation Options

Get to 'Out Lady of Ta Pinu National Shrine' by bus number 308 to the last bus stop named Pinu. Navigating using GPS or a mapping service like Google Maps is recommended if driving. There’s a small public car park opposite the basilica.

Things you should know

In 1575, due to its very bad state, the church faced closure, and plans for demolition were set; however, a legend recounted a significant event when demolition began: a workman broke his arm with the first blow of the pick, a sign believed to be divine intervention. This incident spared the chapel from destruction. By 1598, the property housing the church was sold to a family, prompting a change in its name to Ta' Pinu.

Ta’ Pinu is called the church of Miracles because of a remarkable event that unfolded in 1883. Karmni Grima found herself in the presence of a miracle when she heard a voice coming from the only chapel decorated with an image of the Blessed Virgin. Initially surprised, she retreated, only to hear the same voice from within the chapel again. Gathering her courage, she stepped inside, moved by the voice's directive to offer three Hail Mary’s in reverence to the three days her body had stayed in the tomb before Assumption to Heaven. Karmni Grima was miraculously cured a year later, prompting her to confide in her friend Francesco Portelli. Astonishingly, Francesco shared a similar encounter, and he revealed that his mother, too, had been miraculously healed.

This renaming was attributed to the new procurator, Pinu Gauci, who generously contributed funds for the church to be restored and liturgical services provided. The transformation included the erection of a new stone altar, with Amadeo Perugino crafting the painting of the Assumption of Our Lady in the altarpiece, marking a significant artistic addition.

Dozens of miraculous healings over the decades. In the 19th century, prayers in the chapel saved Gozo from the plague, adding to its sacred reputation. Today, the church museum's walls are adorned with gratitude tokens from those who experienced miraculous healings, including heartfelt letters of thanks, hearing aids, walking sticks, artificial limbs, and touching notes of appreciation.

During his visit to Gozo on 26 May 1990, Pope John Paul II celebrated mass at Ta' Pinu. He decorated the image of Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu with five golden stars, representing the people's devotion on the island of Gozo to the Blessed Virgin Mary. On 18 April 2010, Pope Benedict XVI graced Our Lady Of Ta' Pinu's holy image with a Golden Rose. Pope Francis had plans to visit on 31 May 2020. Still, this trip, unfortunately, had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Madonna of Ta' Pinu Church owes its name to Pinu Gauci, a prominent church figure. In 1599, he generously funded the restoration of the original chapel and commissioned the portrait of Madonna, which still adorns the church today. The chapel became known as ''Madonna ta'' Pinu'' because of its rich history and significance.

General Information

Monday to Saturday is open from 7 am to 7 pm, while on Sunday, from 12 pm to 1 pm and from 1 pm to 6:30 pm, admission is entirely free. Visitors shouldn't wear shorts, and women should cover their shoulders.

Exploring Gharb and Nearby Attractions

Gharb, a charming small village atop Gozo's highest hill, beckons Maltese people and visitors to explore its enchanting pathways on foot. The village is a getaway to the Ta' Dbiegi Crafts Village, a hub for diverse handicrafts. Here you can witness artisans' mouth-blowing glass, intricate Gozo lace, pottery, and delicate filigree, all available for purchase. Encircled by Gozo's picturesque countryside, a serene haven is a 10-minute drive or 30-minute walk to the Ta' Gurdan lighthouse. The lighthouse offers a panoramic wonder that withstands description, capturing the essence of breathtaking beauty.

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How old is Ta' Pinu Church?

Ta Pinu Basilica is over 400 years old, dating back to 1554, and was a place of worship with a sequence of remarkable events.

What does the name Ta’ Pinu mean?

Ta' Pinu means "of Philip" in Maltese. Locals also referred to Pinu as "Filippu", one of Gozo's most famous names back in the day. The oil painting of the Assumption for the altarpiece named Madonna Ta'Pinu, which was completed in 1619, was commissioned by Pinu.

What is the accessibility at Ta’ Pinu?

The accessibility at Ta’ Pinu is excellent for individuals with special needs. The facilities are designed to accommodate wheelchair users and individuals with mobility challenges.

Author: Norbert Bezzina

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