“Statues and Niches
The tradition of setting up niches in streets dates back to the Roman era. In Christian times, images of Christ, Our Lady and Christian Saints, replaced those of Roman Gods. These niches were often decorated and lit, thus paying homage to the image within, as well as providing some illumination during the night.
Malta and Gozo, are full of Shrines, Statues, or Niches, dedicated to Our Lady and to different Saints, often found at corners of buildings. When Valletta was being built in 1569 Grandmaster Pietro del Monte enacted that corner houses had to display some architectural ornamentation such as a statue, a niche, or a coat of arms.
The niches and statues have an important part in the religious and social tradition of the people of Malta and Gozo. We can see them where least expected, in every city, town and village of our islands.
All through the ages men used statues to give a more humane aspect to the local environment. In our Maltese society, our religion gave us the statues and our streets provided us with the space where to put them, that is in the corner of building blocks and other similar locations. Many hold that this tradition of showing devotion to saints represented by means of statues and niches go back at least to the times of the Romans. This dates back The Romans who used to erect niches and put up statue of their false gods in the villages and the countryside as a sign of protection. Later on the Christian missionaries saw it fit to keep these traditions but change the images to those pertaining to our Religion.”
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