The building of the Church of Our Lady of Graces started in 1641 at the instigation of the Parish Priest Don Francesco Piscopo and is said to have been completed in 1660.
A Maltese proverb says "a church is never finished", which is another way of stating that the people are never satisfied with their own church and, depending on their means, have forever the ambition that the church in one’s village be better and bigger than the church in the next parish.
The good people of Żabbar are no exception. Largely from the private funds of the Parish Priest Andrea Buhagiar, in addition to money collected from the people of Żabbar, work on embellishing the church started in 1738. The Maltese architect Giovanni Bonavia redesigned the façade and two bell-towers were erected; in addition the church was paved in marble and provided with a crypt. The main painting of the Madonna and Child is a work by the painter Alessio Erardi (1669–1727).