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    Default Church of St.Leonard, Ta' Barqat, Malta, December 2016


    1. The History
    Info is a bit few and far between on this place. After a bit of digging I found out that just outside of Ta’ Barqat is the Church of St.Leonard, dedicated to Our Lady. It was part of a lovely complex built by the Baroness Casici Casolani. It was originally intended to be used as a convent but was never utilised so. In 1656 it was rebuilt by the cleric Leonard Sammut and dedicated to his namesake saint. Later additions were made including the sandstone wall and gates that surround a garden in 1905. The garden was recently taken over by a local farmer and levelled for arable use while the chapel and the rest of the buildings have been left to tumble down. Here are a few archive pictures I found. This is an overview of the complex:

    Stleo1 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This is the Titular in situ in 1961, before being moved to the local Parish Museum:

    stleo3 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And this is where the Titular sat before it was moved:

    Stleo2 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    2. The Explore
    The complex, as mentioned above, isn’t strictly abandoned as it is in use by the local farmer. While the ruins looked very tempting the compound was surrounded by roads on three sides so in the end decided not to check out Maltese trespass laws and the temperament of local farmers. Decided to do a report despite the lack of internals given the weather was nice and there were a lot of nice external features.

    3. The Photos



    img9565 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9554 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9555 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9556 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9557 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9558 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9559 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9560 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9561 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9562 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9563 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9564 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking!

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    Thanks given by: Hugh Jorgan, krela, Locksley, Mearing, smiler, theartist

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    What a strange looking place... cheers Hughie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    What a strange looking place... cheers Hughie.
    Isn't it just? Wished I could have gotten a peek inside.

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