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The Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel adjacent to The Anglican Cathedral

By Edcat55
The Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a Roman Catholic church in the capital Valletta on the island of Malta. It is one of the most famous churches and main tourist attractions of Valletta, and it forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage site which includes the entire city. The first church was dedicated to the Annunciation. It was built around 1570 on the designs of Girolamo Cassar.

In the 17th century, it was given to the Carmelites and thus received its present patronage to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The fašade was redesigned in 1852 by Giuseppe Bonavia. On May 15, 1895, Pope Leo XIII elevated the church to the rank of Minor Basilica. The church was seriously damaged during the Second World War and had to be rebuilt.
The new church was built from 1958 to 1981. It was consecrated in 1981. The 42 meter high oval dome dominates both the city skyline and Marsamxett Harbour. It is higher than the steeple of the immediately adjacent Anglican Cathedral in Valletta. The main attraction in the interior is a painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel dating from the early 17th century.

The tombstones of both Caterina Vitale and Caterina Scappi are on display at the entrance of the church.

The interior has been sculpted by Joseph Damato over 19 years. Striking are the columns of red marble.

The church building is listed on the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands.

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viscostatic 14 49 9 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2020 9:06AM
Beautiful light in this image. Thank you too for the interesting historical information.

Phil.
19 Dec 2020 4:21PM
A beautiful old structure. Like the lighting here and, of course, the shadows.
20 Dec 2020 4:12AM
That is quite a history,,,,,and a striking photo.

Peter

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