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Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Sliema

Pic of the Week: 31 May 2014

Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel overlooking Balluta Bay, Sliema

The Neo-Gothic Parish Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Sliema, overlooking Balluta Bay.

There’s been a Carmelite church overlooking Balluta Bay since 1859. According to the Sliema Local Council website, it’s been rebuilt three times: in 1877, 1900 and 1958. But it didn’t become the Balluta parish church until 1974.

It’s speculated that the name Sliema comes from the Maltese word sliem, meaning ‘peace’. These days, the town is Malta’s main coastal tourist resort and one of the busiest places on the islands.

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