Madonna tal-Karmnu - Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Valletta, Malta

Madonna tal-Karmnu - Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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The Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Maltese: Bażilika Santwarju tal-Madonna tal-Karmnu) is a Roman Catholic church in the capital Valletta on the island of Malta. It is one of the most famous churches and main tourist attractions of Valletta, and it forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage site which includes the entire city.

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 15, 1895, Pope Leo XIII elevated the church to the rank of Minor Basilica. The church was seriously damaged during the Second World War and had to be rebuilt.




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