Rotunda Church

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Pjazza San Gwann Battista, Xewkija, Malta

Rotunda Church Xewkija Reviews

Suusj Suusj
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St. John the Baptist church Oct 19, 2016
St. John the Baptist Church, or more commonly know as the Rotunda of Xewkija, is a huge church located in the middle of the small town of Xewkija. It is the biggest church in all of Gozo an can be seen from the capitol, Victoria as well as other places, as it functions as an important landmark. The dome is 75 meters high an weighs 45000 tons.

As the parishioners wanted a bigger church construction began to build a bigger church around the older church. The building of the church was finishes in 1978. he old church has been dismantled and the best sculptures have been saved in an adjacent building known as the sculpture museum. You can visit the museum inside the church.

The small museum, which is more like a room filled with everything they could save during the dismantling and store in that room, also gives access to an elevator. It will cos you €3.- to visit the museum and use the elevator. However the elevator will bring you to the rooftop. Which will give you a 360 view of the island. It is also possible to climb the clock tower (a small spiral staircase) which will give you an even better view. And yes, we climbed all the way to the top with a two year old. It is doable ;).

It was very quit inside the church as well as on the roof. I think it might have been the weather keeping the other tourists away ;).

For me personally the church was a bit of a let down as it was a bit to modern for my liking. However I liked the story behind the church.

If you are wearing shorts or thank tops they will ask you to cover up with the provided scarfs. Or if you have one of your own you could use that one.

All in all, I had higher hopes looking at the building from the outside but the place did not disappoint.
Walking up to the rotunda
Right side of the Rotunda
Eft side of the Rotunda.
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Suusj says:
Your welcome Holger and thank you for the lovely comment on my review :).
Posted on: Jan 29, 2017
Suus, great review with brilliant photos of this church on Gozo. - Thanks for the congrats on my featured review.
Posted on: Jan 28, 2017
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Architectural Masterpiece with a great history Jul 29, 2009
This beautiful church is situated in the village of Xewkija. The first thing that strikes you with regards to this church is the huge dome, and with dimensions of 75m high, 28m in diameter and a circumference of 85m it is apparently the third largest unsupported dome in the world!!!

The original parish church was built in 1755 and dedicated to St John the Baptist. However, after the second world war the parishioners decided that the church was too small to serve the needs of the community so decided that a new church was needed. During 1951 the foundation pillars were erected around the outside of the original church (thus building a church around a church) and the old church continued to function whilst building work commenced on the new structure.

In 1971 after twenty years of hard work the church and enormous dome were completed with a huge cross being placed on top of the majestic dome. The consecration of the church took place in 1978 to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the parish.

The inside of the church is equally as splendid and breathtaking. The interior is decorated with sculptures and paintings and the floor and alter are crafted from beautiful marble.

After building work had been completed on the outside the enormous task of dismantling the original church inside began, the best parts of which were rebuilt next to the new structure, this is where unique stonework from the original church can be viewed. From this structure you can access the dome structure from a small working lift and once on the rooftop magnificent views of surrounding villages and Gozo can be seen.

Although I have graded this attraction as free, if you so wish to access the dome and the rooftop itself a small admission price is charged (towards the upkeep of the church itself)
The alter inside Rotunda Church
View from the rooftop - Rotunda Ch…
Rotunda church - from a distance
Rotunda church
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Posted on: Oct 30, 2011

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