Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Valletta, Malta

The Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a Roman Catholic church in the Maltese capital Valletta and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes the entire city of Valletta.

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 façade was redesigned in 1852 by Giuseppe Bonavia. On May 14, 1895 by Pope Leo XIII elevated the church to the rank of Minor Basilica. The church was seriously damaged during the Second World War and it 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 interior has been sculpted by the sculptor Joseph Damato over 19 years. Striking are the columns of red marble.



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Founded: 1570/1958
Category: Religious sites in Malta

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Mario Domenico Giacomoni (14 months ago)
That's Dome!!!! Is for sure one reference point in La Valletta. The church itself is essential but beautiful there are 12(numerology)big pillar and one beautiful dome. On the sides there are few altar to saints. The echo there is really impressive.
Louis Craus (14 months ago)
Beautiful Church in the heart of Valletra City Malta.....dedicated to Our Lady of the Carmelite Community. It is in Old Theatre Street
David Haas (14 months ago)
Wort a visit. I like the openness of the church and how bright it is. The paintings and statues on display are pompous but very nice to look at. Be aware that there are special opening hours.
Jane Galea (17 months ago)
Situated in Valletta, easily found, this is one beautiful church! Not bombastic, not overly done, just simply, plain beautiful. Peaceful, serene. The sculptured walls, the dome, the statue of Our Lady, so realistic and richly adorned, the amazing altar, the colourful floor, all contribute to its utter beauty. A definitely must visit.
Matteo Allegro (21 months ago)
Rebuilt in 1958 after WWII, "incredibly" does not appear in the vintage photos from the 40s and 50s
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