Church Sanctuary Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
The Sanctuary Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
The Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Carmelite Church (Maltese: Bażilika Santwarju tal-Madonna tal-Karmnu) is a Roman Catholic church.
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The first church was built around 1570 on the designs of Maltese draughtsman and architect Girolamo Cassar and dedicated to the Annunciation.
In the 17th century, it was given to the Carmelites and thus received its present patronage to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
On May 15, 1895, Pope Leo XIII elevated the church to the rank of Minor Basilica.
During the WWII, the Basilica was significantly damaged that it had to be rebuilt. The church was rebuilt from 1958 to 1981.
The enormous oval dome, 42 meter high en total 64 meter’s height from the street, can be seen from far away. From the Marsamxett Harbour can you see that it dominates the skyline of Valletta. The Dome is 3 meters higher than the tower of the Anglican Cathedral located next to it.
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Drawing below: Sculptor Joseph Damato has worked on the interior for 19 years. Striking are the columns of red marble.
Drawing below: The dome from the air.
Photo below: Now you can see that the shape is oval.
Photo below: You will find in the interior a painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel dating from the early 17th century.
Photo below: One of the beautiful holy relics.
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