around 1970, the statue of Christ was placed on the 320 feet high
Tal-Merzuq Hill. It can be seen on the way to Marsalforn Bay and
is also a similar trekking path, where many people walk up to the
top of the hill.
Many legends surround this hill, some saying it was
once a volcano, others that beams of light was once come out of
A statue was once put on the hill in 1904 with Gozo
being consecrated to Jesus the Redeemer. Hence the hill became popularly
known as 'Tas-Salvatur', meaning 'saviour' (Redeemer). The statue
was not resistant to the elements and had to be replaced back in
the sixties. The new statue was also destroyed during a thunderstorm,
fragments of which can still be seen lying around around the hilltop.
Today's statue is made of concrete and is more resistant
to the will of the elements. It is a smaller copy of the statue
of Jesus the Redeemer situated overlooking Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.