Source: Melita Historica. [Published by the Malta Historical Society]. 4(1966)3(227)

BONNICI CALI' RAPHAEL, The Church of Our Lady of Victory, Malta, Information Dept., 1966. 24p.

During this year that marks the fourth centenary from the laying of the foundation stone of our capital city, the work of Chev. Bonnici Cali stands out as one of the most important for a worthy commemoration of such event.

In fact, the Church dedicated to "Our Lady of Victory" was the first building of our beautiful city.

The Author diligently narrates all the events basing himself on some of our Archives and Historians. The pamphlet published is rendered also very interesting through its numerous illustrations.

It is in this Church that the Knights and the Maltese began to invoke Our Lady with a new glorious title: "Our Lady of Victory". Hence, the Church stands out as a monument of Malta's great victory over the infidels.

For those who are interested in our architecture, the Church is also of an outstanding importance: it belongs to one of our most famous architects, Girolamo Cassar who "shaped it as a model for the future Conventual Church of St. John".

Throughout the whole seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, several Knights and "respected gentlemen" continued to manifest their internal devotion towards Our Lady through their generous donations to this Church.

Surely, this interesting work will captivate all those who are interested in the history of our monuments in Valletta.

Fr. Alexander Bonnici O.F.M. Conv.