Church of St. John The Baptist

Church of St. John The Baptist

Church of St. John The Baptist
4.5
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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Roberts69
Northampton, UK18,929 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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jim m
Holymoorside, UK1,178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
As the lady said "it is €3 euro for the lift up but free on the way down". The lift is worth it, the inside is beautiful but the trip to the top gives a great extra bonus. From the top you can climb the spiral staircase up the bell tower for that extra height. However, it is old, steep, open and, when it rings, the sound of the bell goes through you. Set in a sweet public square which has public toilets with lift access.
Written 29 March 2022
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Moniaits
London, UK1,658 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Nothing special really. Interesting to see the dome - third largest unsupported one in the world. The section of the old church is more interesting and if you prepare to pay €3 per head to go up the lift you can have some views of the Citaddella and surrounding areas.
Written 28 May 2023
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Ann C
Nashville, TN3,291 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Church of St. John The Baptist was on our city tour, we stopped in for a look around. It is located in the oldest village in Gozo.

The dome was completed in 1970, it is the 3rd largest dome in the world, the church is is described as a church within a church. The stone sculpture from the old church (1665) was placed inside the new church in its original location.
Written 14 November 2022
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ErkiBear
London, UK388 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
It is a pleasant 30 min walk from the centre of Victoria with pavements all the way. A hugely impressive church in a tiny village, the ladies who volunteer there are lovely and very informative. Definitely get the lift to the dome, the 360 view of all Gozo is absolutely worth it.
Written 23 March 2022
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Dive I
Island of Malta, Malta84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The church ( Rotunda of St. John the Baptist) has the third largest free standing dome in the world.Fantastic church with great views from the top of the dome. It is a architectural masterpiece and testimony to the skills of the local stone workers.Great value 3 euro to the top.
Written 27 December 2021
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Wuzak
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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FactotumDellaCitta
London, UK3,980 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
This huge church towers over the surrounding countryside. The resemblance to Venice's Santa Maria Della Salute is not accidental. The Venetian church was the model for the Xewkija Rotunda, which was constructed in the 1950s-1970s. It is possible to take an elevator and visit the balcony that surrounds the dome. The panoramic views are magnificent. In fact, one can see the hazy shores of the Island of Malta, across the Gozo channel.
Written 27 June 2015
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Thankyou for your good review
Written 12 July 2015
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Jonn
United Kingdom13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Made the trip to Xewkija to visit this Church, as we'd seen it from across the Island (its very hard to miss!). The Church is massive and an impressive sight on the outside, however once inside it wasn't as impressive as St.George's Basilica in Victoria. Inside it was quiet plain (perhaps due to it being built in the 20th Century?). There was a little museum out the back with some remnants of the old chapel that had been there. We took the lift (£2 per person) to the top to see the views, however these were a little underwhelming and not as impressive as from the Citadel. In all, given there is little else to do in Xewkija, it was probably not worth the visit and sufficient appreciation can be given to this massive building from afar.
Written 22 June 2014
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Rus S
Dogmersfield, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
This church is a must see for two reasons:-
1. The building itself-built by just 12 men in 20 years it staggers belief that a relatively small community was able to design fund and create something so huge and amazing- it really shames the tatty thermometer outside the parish church back home and the constant nicking of the lead off the church roof. Inside the church glories in the beauty of raw stone and the mason's art. This church is proof that less is more with regard to the gold leaf and iconography of most Roman Catholicplaces of worship. It is a religiously a real inspiration of serenity and peace. Take the lift ( for a paltry 3 Euros donation to the organ fund) to see the second reason that this church is well worth a visit....
2. The views are amazing.....climb the virtigo inducing bell tower for an even more fantastic panorama...but be warned...we had just left the top when the bells struck the quarter hour - 45 seconds earlier and I've have been doubledover yelling for Esmerelda.

Don't leave Gozo without seeing this.
Written 13 July 2016
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