The site is old, a 17th century chapel once stood on this ground, but St John's is very new by any standard of European Catholic Cathedrals, dedicated 1978. The very large free standing doom is impressive and the paintings and iconography, though no less Christian, tend toward the modern, which is refreshing after one has visited older shrines. The exception is an anteroom near the bell tower elevator where one encounters the usual flat burial vault stones with figures like to those of the Knights of St John in the Cathedral at Valletta. The church with its prominent doom commands high ground and can be seen from many areas at a distance on the island of Gozo. They say the view from the tower commands the island; unfortunately the lift was close when we visited shorlty before Easter.
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