Facade of the St Publius Church Floriana
St. Publius Church
St. Publius is a very important patron-saint, the fist disciple of St. Paul. St. Paul is the national patron-saint of Malta, who brought Malta within the Christian realm after his shipwreck here in, traditionally, the year 60. In the New testament, Acta of the Apostles 27 and 28, Publius features as the protos of Malta, the Roman chief of the island. According to tradition, Publius becomes the first converted Christian at Malta and later the first episcopus (or bishop), the overseer of Christian communities. The Church of St. Publius was constructed between 1733 and 1768 in a Baroque style.
During WWII this church sustained serious damages and was for the larger part reconstructed after the war. The feast of St. Publius as patron-saint of Floriana is the first one of many patron-saint feasts in Malta and Gozo throughout the year.
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Drawing below: The old church, as viewed from the rear in the 1850s
Photo below: The altar
Photo below: The interior
Photo below: During a bombing of the Luftwaffe on March 3 - 4 and April 28, 1942, the church was significantly damaged and sixteen people died.
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