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St. Cajetan of Thriene, Ħamrun

Parish Church dedicated to St Cajetan of Thiene
Triq il-Kbira San Ġużepp, Ħamrun


The parish church dedicated to St Cajetan of Thiene in Hamrun, designed by Prof. George Schinas, was built in the early 1870s. The design of the façade of the church is dominated by a classical Palladian-style front flanked by imposing bell-towers.

The bell-towers are considered unusual and unique on the island. Beginning below the level of the pediment is what can be considered as the base of the bell-towers which are plain other than the quoins at the corners of the structure giving the impression of strength. However, at the level of the pediment there is a sudden shift towards highly articulated design with the two tiered level superstructure above composed of superimposed freestanding columns.

The dome of the church was designed by Andrea Vassallo who, in the 1920s, won a design competition. However, its construction did not eventuate until after his death when architect Guze Damato was given Vassallo’s original design to prepare working drawings and also oversee its construction.

The Malta Environment and Planning Authority scheduled the parish church as a Grade 1 monument on 26th August 2011 as per Government Notice 782.