Reference to the medieval chapel of St Nicholas appears as far back as 1575 in the report of Monsignor Pietro Dusina’s Apostolic Visit. Mgr. Dusina became the first Inquisitor to Malta and visited ten years following the Great siege of Malta during Grandmaster Jean Levesque de La Cassiere’s reign. The chapel’s location is recorded as the Contrada de Zungul. The feast of St Nicholas was celebrated with vespers and Holy Mass. According to the 1575 Pastoral Visit records, the chapel fell within the confines of the parish of Zejtun. At the time, the periphery of Zejtun was composed of a number of hamlets and the various chapels surrounding the Zejtun territory served the local population. San Niklaw Chapel served the spiritual needs of the inhabitants of the hamlet of Hal Ginwi. A marble tablet bearing the inscription Non gode l’immunita ecclesiastica on the chapel’s facade served as a clear warning to criminals attempting to obtain immunity by seeking refuge within the chapel. The right of immunity was abolished in 1828 by British Governor Frederick Ponsonby and from then on, chapels and churches displayed the familiar inscription.

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