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St Katherine church in Zejtun

  • Address
    Bon Kunsill, Iż-Żejtun, Malta
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    From 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • What to see
    Baroque church


St. Catherine’s Church (Knisja Arċipretali ta’ Santa Katerina) in Żejtun, Malta, is a Roman Catholic church that serves as the seat of the archpriest of Żejtun and is the mother church of several parishes established from the originally larger territory of the parish of Żejtun. Built in the 17th century Maltese Baroque style by the renowned architect Lorenzo Gafà, the church has been a prominent landmark on the Żejtun skyline for over 300 years. Known colloquially as the “Cathedral of the East” (Il-Katidral tal-Lvant), the church features an imposing facade and a large internal dome. Among its works of art is an 18th century copy of the Martyrdom of St. Catherine, an original by Mattia Preti in the Church of St. Catherine in Valletta.

The history of the church dates back to the 17th century, when it was built to replace the old parish church of St. Catherine, also known as St. Gregory, due to the growing population of Żejtun. The central location was strategically chosen to unify the growing community, and the construction was largely financed by Girgor Bonici, former mayor of Mdina. The church was consecrated in 1742 and has since been an active spiritual center with daily services and prayer services.

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