of the Church of Our Lady of Graces was started in 1641
at the instigation of the Parish Priest Don Francesco
Piscopo and was completed in 1660 according to another.
A Maltese proverb says “a church is never finished”,
which is another way of stating that the people in a
particular parish are never satisfied with their own
church and, depending on their means, are forever the
ambition that the church in one’s village be better
and bigger than the church in the next parish. The good
people of Zabbar are no exception.
Largely from the private funds of the Parish Priest
Andrea Buhagiar, in addition to money collected from
the people of Zabbar, work on embellishing the church
was started in 1738.
The Maltese architect Giovanni Bonavia redesigned the
façade and two belltowers were erected; in addition
the church was paved in marble and provided with a crypt.
The main painting of the Madonna and Child is a work
by the painter Alessio Erardi (1669-1727).