Monday, 1 June 2015

St Mark, Rabat

The Augustinian Friars came to Malta in 1383, their first priory was situated just outside the walls of Mdina. The friary was demolished in 1551 because of a Turkish attack on the island. In 1555 Bishop Cubelles and the Cathedral Chapter gave the friars the old church of St Mark in Rabat to build a new friary. Work on the friary, designed by Gerolamo Cassar began  in September 1556. In 1571 Cassar  started on the new church of St Mark,  completed in 1588.