Rotunda Church Xewkija Reviews
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)
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