Church of Saint Catherine of Italy, Valletta

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Church of St Catherine of Alexandria
Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Italia
Knisja ta' Santa Katerina ta' Lixandra
Church of St Catherine of Italy, Valletta.jpeg
35°53′46.6″N 14°30′39.5″E / 35.896278°N 14.510972°E / 35.896278; 14.510972Coordinates: 35°53′46.6″N 14°30′39.5″E / 35.896278°N 14.510972°E / 35.896278; 14.510972
LocationValletta, Malta
DenominationRoman Catholic
History
StatusActive
Founded1576
DedicationSt Catherine of Alexandria
Architecture
Functional statusChurch
Architect(s)Romano Carapecchia
Architectural typeChurch
StyleBaroque
Specifications
MaterialsLimestone
Administration
ParishValletta (St Dominic)
ArchdioceseMalta
Clergy
RectorGino Gauci

The Church of St Catherine of Alexandria (Maltese: Knisja ta' Santa Katerina), commonly known as the Church of St Catherine of Italy (Maltese: Knisja ta' Santa Katerina tal-Italja, Italian: Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Italia) is a Roman Catholic church in Valletta, Malta. It was built by the Hospitaller Langue of Italy and it serves as the parish church of the Italian community of Malta.[1]

Origins[edit]

The interior of the church

The church was built in 1576 by the Italian knights of St John to serve as their church. It was built adjacent to the Auberge d'Italie. Girolamo Cassar was commissioned to draw up the plans. In the 17th century the church was enlarged.[2] An octagonal church was added to the existing chapel. The original chapel was changed into the sanctuary of the church. The church underwent a major restoration from 2001 till 2011. Today the church still serves as the parish church of the Italian community of Malta.[3]

The church building is listed on the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands.[4]

Works of Art[edit]

The titular painting was painted by Mattia Preti. It depicts the martyrdom of St Catherine of Alexandria. Preti donated the painting to the church after his arrival in Malta. The cupola of the church was also painted by Preti. He drew it with painted stucco decorations and ornamental patterns in grey and gold.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "St Catherine of Alexandria". Retrieved on 23 October 2014.
  2. ^ "ST. CATHERINE OF ITALY CHURCH, VALLETTA ". Retrieved on 23 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Restoration of St Catherine of Italy Church in final phase", Times of Malta, Malta, 17 March 2011. Retrieved on 23 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Church of St. Catherine of the Langue of Italy" (PDF). National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands. 27 August 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Church of St Catherine of Alexandria". Retrieved on 23 October 2014.