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Church of St. John The Baptist

Ufficju Parrokjali Pjazza San Gwann Battista Xewkija, Island of Gozo, Malta
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Qala, Malta
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We lived in Xewkija for a year and so the church became part of the daily scenery for us. Never-the-less we never failed to be in awe of its magnificence. We were lucky enough to be given a full tour by the arch-priest, one of the most charmingly friendly clergy I have ever met, a truly "holy" man. He explained... More

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New York City, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This church is a gorgeous church in the middle of Xewkija. Inside is beautifully maintained. We did not get a chance to ride up to the top but I heard it was worthwhile. I loved how it was lit up for festa.

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Oostvoorne
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We where here in June with the Festa, amazing ! All lights, and the church looks enchanting at night time...

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Haacht
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180 reviews 180 reviews
93 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The impressive dome of the church dominates the small village. If you visit the Ggantija temples, you will have very good views of the Rotunda Church from this site. The church was built by the parishioners and local donations, And they did a good job. Some churches are rather dark inside, but this one is instead very light. Simply decorated,... More

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Douglas, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Made the trip to Xewkija to visit this Church, as we'd seen it from across the Island (its very hard to miss!). The Church is massive and an impressive sight on the outside, however once inside it wasn't as impressive as St.George's Basilica in Victoria. Inside it was quiet plain (perhaps due to it being built in the 20th Century?).... More

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DONCASTER - UK
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

An amazing experience and superb welcome to explore this beautiful 'parish church' built on the site and over the previous church which is retained in the museum. Take the lift to the roof for magnificent views

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358 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Very beautiful and very Gozoan church was built from donations of local people 1951-1971 on the same site as the old church. It has a 17th century marble altar, main altar carved in carrara marble and I believe 6 side altars. There are many typically Gozoan flowery decorations made by the village women. Local priest told us the dome is... More

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51 reviews 51 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This is an attraction which will only cost you a donation. Apart from being on of the few Maltese churches which is kept unlocked, the lift takes you up three floors to the top. There you can view the island. Probably not suitable for parents of children who "kamikaze" by nature as there are no guard rails, but for sensible... More

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Sussex, UK
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This church is well worth stopping off at on the way from the ferry terminal to Victoria. It was built between 1951-71 from local donations. The dome is huge and competes for size with the one in Mosta. You are welcomed by a member of the clergy who explains its history in up to 4 languages. There is a small... More

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The Rotunda not only does it dominate the village of Xewkija, it dominates the entire island! It has the second highest dome, internally, in Europe (after St Peter's in Rome), is 6m taller than St Paul's Cathedral in London and can accommodate nearly three times the village's population. The skill of the stone masons is not only remarkable but is... More

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