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Information about this Church or Chapel
Locality in Gozo Citadella (Rabat)
Status Chapel
Year Built 1625
Dedication St Joseph (San Guzepp)
Feast date n/a

The chapel was built during the munificence of Bishop Baldassare Cagliares (1615-1633) in 1625 and according to historians it was built on the site of another chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari. In a report of the Apostolic Visitation in 1575, Pietro Dusina wrote that, "people flocked to that chapel with utmost devotion."

The chapel has a simple facade with a typical round window and an arched ceiling. Bishop Cagliares, who also built Palazzo Cagliares, adorned the chapel with a beautiful altarpiece representing the flight of Saint Joseph to Egypt. This work is attributed to Filippo Paladino, a late Mannerist artist. However the painting we now see inside the chapel is a copy made in 1980. The original is housed in the Cathedral Museum.

Cittadella StJoseph 01 Sign
Cittadella StJoseph 02 Front
Cittadella StJoseph 03 Statue Outside
Cittadella StJoseph 04 Altar
Cittadella StJoseph 05 Statue

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