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A view of the upper part of the façade of the Church of St Barbara in Valletta, Malta.

The Church of St Barbara on Triq ir-Repubblika (Republic Street) was originally the official church of the Langue of Provence, one of the administrative divisions of the Knights Hospitaller or Order of St. John of Jerusalem.. The exterior was designed by the accomplished Italian architect Romano Carapecchia, and construction of the church started in 1739. The interior was completed by the Maltese architect Giuseppe Bonnici as Carapecchia died before the church was completed.

The façade of the church is typical of the baroque style and the central pediment supports a large gilded statue of Our Lady. Internally, the church is centrally planned (one cell), having an elliptical dome typical of the baroque period, something which is a very rare feature in local churches. This, combined with the semi-circular choir provide a very interesting design innovation.

St Barbara is the patron saint of gunners and for centuries the Confraternita dei Bombardieri (artillerymen) held their religious services at this church.

I was unable to examine the interior of the church during my stay in Malta, as the church was either shut or a service was in progress when I passed by.

(Source: My Guide, Malta)

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