Monastery of St Peter
The first nuns arrived in Malta at the beginning of the 15th century. The St. Peter’s Monastery was founded around 1418.
In 1550 Bishop Cubelles of Malta announced that the chapel was equipped with gold and silver and that all necessary items were present which were needed for worshipping.
On the initiative of Bishop Baldasarre Cagliares the church was renovated in 1625.
The church and monastery of St. Peter, (a Roman Catholic Benedictine Monastery), is well taken care of from 1625 onwards and there are about eight nuns who live there.
The altar piece dates from 1628 and is the work of Mattia Preti. It shows the Madonna and the Child with St. Peter, St. Benedictus and St. Scholastica. There are also two works of Francesco Zahra, which show the resurrection of Jesus and Our Dear Lady of the Pillar.
Around 1850 there lived a nun in the monastery called Maria Adeodata Pisani. Maria Adeodata was blessed by Pope Johannes Paulus II.
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