Chapel at Wied il-Lunzjata, Kercem - Gozo

Sometimes beauty comes from within.  Other times, it comes from what’s around you.  There’s nothing particularly beautiful about the chapel at Wied il-Lunzjata and, it would appear, purposefully so.  Carved partially into the rock wall and with a plain whitewashed façade, the aim seems to have been that of making it as unobtrusive as possible.

It is a place built for one single purpose, that of providing those who work (or worked) in the surrounding fields a place of worship.  There was no need for frills or ornate masonry work so none were made.  Because, if one wants to see real beauty all they have to do is stand outside the chapel to take in the simple and tranquil joys of a typical Maltese valley.

The sound of flowing water – even during the hottest days of the summer – serves as a constant backdrop but also as a reminder of the quietness that otherwise envelopes this valley.  Here is the kind of peace that is impossible to find in most places; a calm in which you can really, truly think.

This chapel is not one of particular beauty but, in this setting, it is perfect nevertheless.

Photos taken with a Samsung Galaxy S4.  If you want to visit the Lunzjata valley, you can find directions here.


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