Don’t miss these architectural gems in Gozo

January 25, 2019

They’re difficult to miss but have you taken time to visit and appreciate these architectural gems on the island of Gozo?  One could start with the oldest free-standing temples in the world, Ġgantija Temples, but today we’re focusing on more recent structures.

  1. The Għajnsielem Church

    As you drive up from Mġarr Harbour, you’ll see the sharp steeple of the Għajnsielem church piercing the sky. The Gothic-Lombard style church was originally designed by Ing. Ugo Mallia but several architects worked on the project over the course of its construction. Work on the church started way back in 1922 but the actual consecration of the magnificent edifice was much more recent, in 1989.

 

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2. The Rotunda in Xewkija

Visible even from mainland Malta, the Xewkija Rotunda needs no introduction. This church, a masterpiece of the architect Ġuże D’Amato is a fine example of the local workmanship in stone.   The church is adorned with a Carrara Marble floor, fine sculpture and paintings and a magnificent pipe-organ.  Do not miss out on checking  the old church which was rebuilt in the sacristy of the new church.

 

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3. A string of other churches 

In Gozo, the churches stand out as the main architectural pieces and it is difficult to ignore the fine baroque majesty of the Cathedral including a tromple l’oeil, the ornate interior of Saint George’s Basilica complete with baldachin or ciborium over the main altar and the refined stone sculptures and mosaics at Ta’ Pinu Marian Shrine, amongst others.  Click here for a whole list of churches.

 

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4. The Citadel

In a class of its own, is the Citadel, a medieval fortress castle.  Apart from the bastions, ramparts and all that is part of the defense structure, it is important to note that within the Citadel one finds other architecturally interesting places like the grain silos, the war shelters, the various houses and homes dating back to centuries gone by and the old prison.

 

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5. Military Fortifications

Centuries ago, Gozo was often under the gaze of the corsairs and the proof of this is the string of towers and military fortifications around the coast that stand on guard to this very day.   Check them out here.

 

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