Home to one of Gozo’s most recognized landmarks …
The village of Xewkija Gozo is located between Ghajnsielem and Rabat, the capital city of the island. It’s one of the oldest villages in Gozo.
Xewkija has a population of around 3,550.
Xewkija Gozo: The impressive Rotunda
Xewkija’s main landmark is its impressive parish church. Known as the “Rotunda”, the church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The dome of this church is massive! Some say it’s bigger than the one in Mosta (Malta).
The Rotunda of Xewkija ... truly a sight to behold!
The dome is visible from all over Gozo!
Enter the church and you’ll be rewarded with exquisite sculptures, statues and paintings. (Entrance is free).
The church you see today was originally built to replace an older one. Some parts of the church were reconstructed with original stones from the old church. You can still visit the remnants of the old church. If you climb to the top of the dome, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of Gozo and even Malta!
The Xewkija Rotunda was completed in 1971. Its completion took some 20 years and it is believed that around 4,000 villagers raised money and did voluntary construction work in order to finish the church.
The liturgical feast of St John the Baptist is on 24th June, so the village festa is celebrated on the closest Sunday to that date.
If you’re interested in seeing some of the mysterious cart ruts that are scattered all across the Maltese Islands, you can see some of these markings here in Xewkija at Misrah Imbert.
Accommodation in Xewkija
If you‘re thinking of using Xewkija as your base to explore the island of Gozo, there's a popular guesthouse in the village. Click
here for more information and to read other travellers' reviews on this guesthouse.
If you're going to this village by bus, go to www.arriva.com.mt to find out which is the best bus route to take to get to this location.
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