Valletta and the Dominicans: a common journey exhibition will compliment the Basilica of St Mary of Porto Salvo and St Dominic Church during the festive week. Some of the artefacts on exhibit can now be appreciated for their liturgical purpose and religious value after they were transferred to the church for the occasion of the feast of St Dominic celebrated in Valletta this week-end.

During the festa-week it is customary for local churches to be adorned with all their treasures. Therefore it was for this reason that artefacts such as the 1707 monstrance, the 19th-century reliquary and various silver antependia and candle-sticks were transferred temporarily from the exhibition into the church.

Valletta and the Dominicans: a common journey is an exhibition narrating how the story of the City of Valletta has often intertwined with that of the Dominican Community in the capital. This exhibition is organised by Heritage Malta and the Parish of St Mary of Porto Salvo and St Dominic. The exhibition includes paintings, prints, manuscript volumes, object d’art, vestments and curious paraphernalia from the national and Parish collections to narrate Valletta’s Dominican imprint.

In the year celebrating the City of Valletta as the European Capital of culture, this exhibition helps us appreciate the rich historical, socio-cultural and artistic legacy left by the Dominican Order as reflected in the development of Valletta.

The exhibition is open till 7th October at the Dominican Priory in Valletta on a daily basis from 1000hrs to 1600hrs. On the occasion of the festivity of St Dominic, opening hours will be extended until 2000hrs on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th. Admission is free.


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