Church of St. John The Baptist

Church of St. John The Baptist, Xewkija

Church of St. John The Baptist

Church of St. John The Baptist
4.5
08:00 - 19:00
Monday
08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 19:00
Thursday
08:00 - 19:00
Friday
08:00 - 19:00
Saturday
08:00 - 19:00
Sunday
08:00 - 12:00
About
Come and explore the beauty that lies within this church. Learn about the history of the church and also about the transfer of another small 17th century church which was on the same site of the modern church today. Take a lift to the terrace of the Dome to enjoy a panoramic view of the marvelous island of Gozo. "Forget your troubles and admire god's creation" It is simply a must ...
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Wuzak
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Steps
Mar 2021
The dome is illustrious. The steps of this church is full of garbage. Bell tower and elevator is a no no. As it is too confined.
Written 17 March 2021
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Mary C
California88 contributions
Climb St John’s Dome
Nov 2019
Gozo’s first parish, Rotunda of Xewkija, is also known as Rotunda of St John the Baptist but is locally called the Rotunda.
The magnificent building towers over the town of Xewkija. The opulent interior displays breathtaking frescos, sculptures, and stained glass. This massive church has the 3rd largest unsupported dome in the world.
The first church on this site was built here in 1678. Over the ages, it was rebuilt several times and eventually dedicated to St John the Baptist.
Located in Xewkija, one of Gozo’s oldest villages, the present-day building’s first stone was laid in 1951. It took parishioners 20-years to build the massive church. Most of the labor was donated.
Remnants and sculptures from the older, now dismantled churches are displayed in the Sculpture Museum. You can take a lift to the dome for the most spectacular vistas on Gozo from the museum. You can even see Malta.
Written 28 October 2020
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK14,067 contributions
A beautiful Church with access to the bell tower.
Aug 2019
St. John the Baptist Church (Xewkija Rotunda) in Gozo is disputed as the third largest dome in Europe by the Mosta Dome on Malta. Having visited both I certainly can't decide. The church took over 20 years to build and was started in 1951 and was built with local limestone. It is a beautiful church and going up into the bell tower and around the Rotunda was great with fabulous views. The interior of the church is lovely. Highly recommend a visit.
Written 31 July 2020
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Charliegir1007
MAnchester55 contributions
Beautiful
Jan 2020
I visited with my group of singing ladies and we were allowed to sing. It was AWESOME. The Church itself was amazing and well worth a visit including going up in the lift to the rotunda
Written 4 February 2020
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Boz North
Jarrow, UK210 contributions
Worth a visit
Nov 2019
We visited The Rotunda and paid for tickets to see the upper circle and the war tunnels. The money supports the Church. Very interesting and a beautiful building. I would recommend it is well worth a visit. The guide we asked questions of was so helpful
Written 1 December 2019
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Stella P
London, UK260 contributions
Great views and interesting
Oct 2019
The original church became too small for its congregation and so a new church was built around the old one. It is often known locally as the church within a church.
There are some lovely ornamental statues and paintings, and some great views from the top which is accessed by a lift. You can also get up to the bells via a spiral staircase. We enjoyed the visit here.
Written 24 October 2019
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Dave Baynham
Sutton Coldfield, UK53 contributions
Not a happy visit
Oct 2019 • Friends
I went with my wife and brother in law and we were accosted on the way in by a woman who said donations were accepted and she would take the money off us now to save us doing it later?
I’m a Christian and nowhere in the Bible does it say you can ask for money just for entering a building? Also there is no dress code to enter Gods house, God accepts you where you are in life all he wants is a small Prayer asking him into your life! This made us leave an impressive building.
God is Love, God is above earthly things, he doesn’t care about what you are wearing or if you don’t have a single penny in your pocket.
Written 22 October 2019
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The-Big-Fishes
Chester, UK87 contributions
Great views
Oct 2019
Another beautiful church and for a small fee you can go up the bell tower that offers outstanding views of the island
Written 16 October 2019
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Allan M
Lochgilphead117 contributions
Interesting
Oct 2019
Seemingly has the third largest free standing Dome in the world . . Has a lift (3 euros per person) that takes you up to just under the Dome where you can walk round and enjoy the the scenery.
Written 13 October 2019
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Hilary S
North Wales, UK14 contributions
The Rotunda Gozo
Oct 2019 • Solo
What a hidden gem on the island of Gozo. More modern than many churches on Malta and Gozo but the simplicity of the stonework and the colour of it is just stunning. Well worth a visit
Written 12 October 2019
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