Building of the Church of the Jesuits
Church of the Jesuits
The Church of the Circumcision of our Lord is one of the oldest churches in Valletta. The church is more commonly known as the Jesuit's Church.
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It was considered that St.Ignatius of Loyola The Society of Jesus had founded a college in Malta.
Grandmaster Martin Garzez laid the first stone of the College Melitense College on the 4th September 1595.
It was primarily to be ecclesiastic, mainly to prepare candidates for priesthood and initiated courses of higher educational studies.
After an explosion in September 1634 the church had to be rebuilt and was designed by the Order's resident military architect and engineer Francesco Buonamici from Lucca. The façade bears features of the Baroque style and the interior is in the Doric order.
In 1768 The Collegium Melitense became the University of Malta.
When the door is closed. Then there is a second entrance around the corner (Archbishop Street) which is possibly open.
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