The Cathedral


GOZO’S CATHEDRAL


This impressive building was constructed between 1697 and 1711 on what is believed to be the site of a Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Juno. The architect was Lorenzo Gafa, from Malta, and the cathedral is a masterpiece of Baroque design, built in local limestone. Once inside, look up and marvel at the remarkable trompe l’oeil painting that makes you think you’re looking at the interior of a dome – even though the cathedral roof is actually flat.

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St. Mary's statue emerges from the Cathedral on August 15th

St. Mary’s statue emerges from the Cathedral on August 15th

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The church also houses the statue of Santa Marija (The Assumption of Our Lady) which features prominently in the cathedral’s annual festa on 15 August.

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Opening times: The cathedral has wheelchair access and is open all year round from 5.00am to 8.00pm, although no visits are allowed during church services.

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The remarkable trompe l’oeil painting. Photo: visitgozo.com

The remarkable trompe l’oeil painting inside Gozo’s Cathedral. Photo: visitgozo.com

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The Cathedral Museum is found close by. The collection is spread over three floors: the silver vault on the lower floor; the main hall on the first floor; and the picture gallery on the upper level – you can enjoy a great view of Gozo from here.

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Opening times: The Museum is open all year round between 10.00am and 4.00pm but is closed on Sundays and public holidays. A lift is available.