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A view of the interior of the highly decorated Basilica of Saint George in Victoria, Gozo.

St George's Basilica is situated in the middle of Victoria, the ancient "?a?ar" – the capital of Gozo, the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago. In the old town, it is surrounded by a maze of old narrow streets and alleys. Today's basilica was built between 1672 and 1678.

The parish of St George originated in Byzantine times, but is first documented in manuscript sources only in c. 1250, when it is recorded functioning as a parish church. In fact till 1575 the liturgy in St George's parish church was celebrated in the Byzantine Rite rather than the Latin Rite. It was the last church to celebrate the Byzantine liturgy in the island until the transition to the Roman rite.

The foundation stone of the present church was laid on 7 August 1672 and it was consecrated on 21 September 1755 by Bishop Paul Alpheran de Bussan. At the time it was the largest Christian church on the island. Records of the visitation of Archbishop Paul Alpheran de Bussan in 1744, claim that St George's Church is one of the first parishes erected in the Diocese of Malta.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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