An Acrylic painting of Our Lady of Europa, Gibraltar

Dennis Melling

Drobeta Turnu Severin, Romania

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A moment in time 3041 views at 06/04/2016.

No image may be reproduced, copied, edited, published, or uploaded without my permission.

I produced this painting in Gibraltar which was hung, for a time, in the Fine Arts Gallery and also the cathedral. When I left Gibraltar I donated the painting to the Cat Welfare Society to be auctioned for funds.

Summary:
On 20 August 1462 the Spanish recaptured Gibraltar from the Moors. They converted the little mosque at Europa Point into a Christian shrine in honour of Our Lady as Patroness of Europe with the intention of consecrating the whole continent, from a place of prayer and worship at its southernmost point.

They built a large chapel at right angles to the mosque’s east wall and the whole area became the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe. A statue of the Virgin and Child was installed in this shrine in the 15th century.

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