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Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Situated in the heart of the glorious Capital, the Basilica of Our Lady of Mt Carmel is a Roman Catholic church and indeed the most characteristic church on the Maltese islands.

Perhaps one of Malta’s most iconic landmarks, its magnificent dome looms high over Valletta’s skyline.

Dating back 400 years, the original church was begun in 1570. Rearranged several times through the years, it was given to the Carmelites in the 17th century.

After being bombed during the Second World War, it was rebuilt over a 23-year period and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The first church dedicated to the Annunciation, its majestic 42-meter dome makes it the tallest building in Valletta, and the second-highest dome on the Maltese Islands.

Not just impressive on the outside, the interior is adorned with striking red columns, the piece de resistance being a magnificent painting of Our Lady of Mt Carmel.

Open 7-days a week, this ecclesiastic wonder is definitely worth popping into!

Opening Hours

  • 0630-1200
  • 1530-1900
  • 0630-1200
  • 1530-1900
  • 0630-1200
  • 1530-1900
  • 0630-1200


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