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Blessings on This House

 

There is a religious plaque next to almost every door in Malta, usually of Mary/Joseph with baby Jesus.

This one is the smallest (maybe 2" max) and most unusual of all the ones I saw.

 

 

 

Blessings on This House

 

There is a religious plaque next to almost every door in Malta, usually of Mary/Joseph with baby Jesus.

This one is the smallest (maybe 2" max) and most unusual of all the ones I saw.

 

 

 

comments (24)

Cette coutume est surprenante.
Ginnie Hart: It's a Roman Catholic country, Martine, so in that regard I guess it's NOT surprising?
but what a beautiful 2" fresco Ginnie... superb find... i like it... a lot....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: It still excites me to no end, Peter. smile Thank you.
  • Ray
  • Possibly Greenland
  • 2 May 2016, 03:00
I think baby Jesus is on a coffee break, Ginnie...
Ginnie Hart: Or maybe Joseph had taken him to the playground?
That is so amazing, Ginnie! Wonderful shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Elizabeth. Lots to wonder about here!
Just amazing Ginnie! Well spotted.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Richard. It really did catch my eye!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 May 2016, 06:32
A wonderful picture and such a strong connection with the Roman Catholic faith. I wonder though why did they not replace/repair the broken, I assume, Jesus. To be beheaded is not the best thing that can happen to you. In my eyes impossible to keep it this way. It would bother me to see this every day entering the door.
Ginnie Hart: It was definitely one of those "I wonder!" moments, MLMA. I still wonder?!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 2 May 2016, 06:44
I doubt if this was the result of vandalism, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Lisl. The weather in Malta (with the salty sea and Sahara-like winds) wreaks havoc on Malta buildings!
bien vu!! superbes détails!! amitiés
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, JP.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 May 2016, 06:58
An amazing feature Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: When you see all the other beautiful plaques, Chris, you'll be even more amazed by this one!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 May 2016, 07:16
Yes, this is very special - I saw Mary statues with baby Jesus in Belgium, Den Bosch, Poland ... wherever Catholic people live.
Ginnie Hart: It makes me want to know the story behind this one, Philine!
  • jpla.
  • Anjou
  • 2 May 2016, 07:53
Une belle œuvre d'artiste
JP
Ginnie Hart: So simple and sweet, JP.
An interesting detail Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I, too, found it so, Bill.
What a fine people they must be Ginnie, the Maltesians. Took think that, many years ago, their leader was fiercely ant British and looked to Mr Gadafi and communism as the way forward. I can't remember how it all ended
Ginnie Hart: You know much more than I do about their history, Chad, but I must say we found the Maltese people to be most friendly!
By the look on Mary's face, she is really missing her family.
Ginnie Hart: I like that explanation, Mary!
I'm not big on religion, but this is very nice, Ginnie, well seen and captured.
Ginnie Hart: I'm not big on religion anymore myself, Frank, but I do find such things most interesting. Thank you.
How interesting!
Did they not export Baptism to Malta?
It's thriving in the States.
Well, at least English is still widely spoken there, I think. He he...
Ginnie Hart: One wonders about so many such things, LC!!! smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 May 2016, 12:05
They should restore, whatever was on the right hand icon, as it is bringing about the ruin of the house, so to see. It is an interesting picture, nonetheless.

Jewry like to put an effigy of an hyssop twig on their doorposts.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid especially agrees with you, Louis, saying she'd want to restore it all to what it originally was. It does make you wonder....
I bet you tickled pink to find all these to photograph Ginnie. Isn't it delightful.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Brian. You nailed it. smile
This is what I so love about traveling...picking up on the culture...such as this! Wonderful!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Robin. THIS!!
  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 2 May 2016, 16:39
How interesting. Was it hard to find this? How many do you think you saw?
Ginnie Hart: We saw hundreds of these plaques, Emily. Seriously. Many of them were while we were on buses when I couldn't take pictures of them. Others are in a file that I'm working on now, to make a compilation of my collection. smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 May 2016, 17:33
What strikes me is the dilapidation of the surrounding rendering. Wonder what was in the other mounting? Well seen.
Ginnie Hart: We saw a considerable amount of weather damage on most buildings, Alan. I think someone would have to work full-time around the clock to keep the salt air and the Sahara winds from wreaking damage.
Looks as though one has been stolen!
Ginnie Hart: Or destroyed by the weather? I doubt that we'll ever know for sure, Tom. (sigh)
That is amazing. What a terrific shot. And I learned something today.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael. I can't believe how much I learned on that trip!
Excellent super Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.

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