A privately owned chapel dedicated to St Leonard situated in the
limits of Zabbar has been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair
and is in a sorry state. Built in 1656 by Leonardo Sammut, the
chapel was dedicated to St Leonard, after whom the owner was named.
St Leonard was also the patron saint of slaves and there was at the
time a lot of devotion to him as many Maltese were still slaves at
the time.Mr Sammut, who was very rich and known as Hasan il-Malti,
was also the owner of a large villa next door, which also lies
abandoned. Salvatore Mousu, of Din l-Art Helwa, said there had
probably been another chapel dedicated to St Mary on the site before
St Leonard`s was built. It is believed the site is currently jointly
owned by many people and this could be one of the reasons why it
lies neglected. The paintings which used to adorn the chapel are now
at the Zabbar Sanctuary Museum.
tree of Leonardo Sammut".
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