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Karmni Grima’s house turned into a museum

The house museum in Għarb Road, Għarb. Photo: Charles Spiteri

The house museum in Għarb Road, Għarb. Photo: Charles Spiteri

The house of Karmni Grima, the peasant whose vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary on June 22,1883, led to the spread of devotion to the mother of God and the building of Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, has been restored and turned into a museum equipped with the latest technology.

Among its exhibits is an audio-visual presentation about Grima’s life and the message she received from the Blessed Virgin.

Sanctuary rector Fr Gerard Buhagiar said that every year, about 300 to 330 million pilgrims visit religious sites spread all over the world, and he hoped the museum would help to attract more religious tourism to Gozo. Two lifts have been installed so that visitors would be able to visit all the rooms of the house.

The new museum will be officially opened on Saturday by Gozo Minister Anton Refalo and blessed by Gozo Bishop Mario Grech. It will be open to the public next Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

The restoration work was undertaken by Baron Contractors and the project was partially financed by the EU under the funds of Cohesion for Malta 2007-2013.

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