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Surprise discovery at Santa Venera old church

An artistic painting was discovered during restoration works in the old church of Santa Venera. The artistic work, found behind the church’s paintings, is believed to have been painted more than 300 years ago on a baroque style and will continue to elevate the prestige of this church which goes back to the Knights era.

Following the restoration undergoing in the Santa Venera old church, the Carmelites’ Order community were taken aback when, during work to remove the paintings for restoration, they found the prospective art on the wall painted with baroque and rococo motives.

Mario Coleiro, a Santa Venera resident and history researcher, told tvm.com.mt that it is believed that the art on the wall was made when the church was built in 1688.

“It is a proof that shows that before the hermits paintings were made this church was decorated at the time when churches were decorated on the wall”.

Mr Coleiro added that churches of the same era, such as the corridors of the Palace in Valletta and even the Our Lady of Pilar Church in San Anton are also decorated in the same way.

The Carmelites’ Prior, Jurgen Cucciardi, told tvm.com.mt that while the community is happy with the historic discovery, at the same time they are worried because they do not have enough funds for the necessary restoration.

“I cannot imagine that we provide for these big expenses and therefore we appeal for assistance from authorities to help us in our project”.

The Church dedicated to Santa Venera, who died as a martyr in the second century, boasts of paintings from Mattia Preti schools, with the titular thought to be painted by Stefano Erardi. The Carmelite community now hopes it will find the necessary support to convert the church to its historic glory for its religious and spiritual functions.

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