Exiting from Marsascala and proceeding towards Zabbar on the "old" road, one approaches a hill on the left leading to Bidni, where historical megaliths and a dolmen have been discovered.

What would have been of particular interest to the reader during the sacred time of the season is the chapel of the Most Holy Mother of Light (known as il-Madonna tad-Dawl) built in the second half of the 17th century.

However, something that certainly stirs up one's curiosity is what Canon Joe Abela, in his book Marsaskala, refers to as the Monument of the Three Crosses, complete with passion symbols, sculptured in stone on the centre cross, right opposite the chapel.

One is intrigued to learn "who erected this memorial and for what reason". Canon Abela surmises that "the three crosses" were put up as an indication of where the limits of Zejtun and Zabbar met, leading to the formation of the Marsascala parish.

One possible credible version regarding the origin of the crosses, as given in the book and attributed to Guzé Muscat Azzopardi, relates to three monks killed by the Turks and buried there.

Sited in the natural surroundings before leaving the Bidni road, the memorial is unique. It would therefore be a great pity if it continued to deteriorate due to neglect and through the vagaries of the elements.

Certainly, while celebrating Holy Week, it would have been appropriate for whoever is concerned, especially ecclesiastical and heritage authorities, to ensure that this gem was adequately spruced up and protected, increasing devotional interest by visitors in its singular characteristics.

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