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Five of Malta's Most Stunning Churches

Five of Malta's Most Stunning Churches

Undeniably, the Maltese islands are well known for their extensive history and magnificent churches. Many awe-inspiring churches can be found in Malta, standing as a testament to the island’s religious diversity and artistic magnificence. These churches also highlight the island’s lengthy and illustrious religious past. As tourists visit these five magnificent churches, they will definitely be fascinated by the island’s spiritual atmosphere and its historical journey through time.

St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta:

The capital of Malta, Valletta, is home to St. John’s Co-Cathedral, perhaps one of the most marvellous of all Maltese churches. In contrast to some other Baroque buildings, the church’s façade, which was established between 1573 and 1578 by the Order of the Knights Hospitaller, looks to be rather simple. But the opulent inside is where the true spectacle is. The inside of the cathedral, designed by renowned architect Mattia Preti, is embellished with magnificent paintings, fine marble sculptures, and a magnificent marble floor that displays the coats of arms of the knights. When visiting the nation’s capital, exploring this co-cathedral is not only advised but essential!

Mosta Rotunda, Mosta

The Parish Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, which is often referred to as the ‘The Mosta Rotunda’, is a magnificent work of architecture that can be explored in the beautiful city centre of Mosta. The third-largest unsupported dome in the world may be seen in this mid-19th-century neoclassical cathedral. Interestingly, the majestic Mosta dome was in fact modelled after the Pantheon in Rome. The church’s towering façade and balanced proportions combine to provide a striking sight that enthrals both tourists and residents.

Ta' Pinu Basilica, Gozo

The scenic island of Gozo is home to the Ta’ Pinu Basilica, one of Malta’s most revered religious sites. A simple chapel was the first building to be built there in the sixteenth century. The current basilica, however, was constructed between 1920 and 1932 and has a distinctive combination of neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic styles. Due to its location in the serene Gozitan countryside, the church is also a popular destination for pilgrims.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Balluta Bay, St. Julian's

The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in St. Julian’s is a jewel of Maltese architectural landscape, perched on a hill overlooking the beautiful Balluta Bay. The church dates to the late 19th century and is a stunning illustration of the Gothic Revival design. Elegant stained glass windows on the inside and exquisite stone carvings that adorn the elaborate facade ought to place this church on top of your to-do list!

Mdina Cathedral, Mdina

The historic walled city houses the Mdina Cathedral right in its core. This is why entering the “Silent City” of Mdina is often dubbed as going back to medieval times. It was initially constructed in the 12th century, but it went through Baroque restoration following an earthquake in the 17th century. It is presently known as St. Paul’s Cathedral. This cathedral is a must-see location for art and history aficionados due to its stunning facade and brilliant artworks, including one of Caravaggio’s masterpieces, ‘The Beheading of St. John the Baptist’.