Parish Church dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Triq Hompesch, Fgura
The Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish church is one of the most original structures to be built in reinforced concrete on the island. The square plan of the church is covered by ingeniously designed concrete roofs whose axis comprise a symmetrical cross. This gives the church a multi faceted exterior with an interplay of plain solid inclined triangles and stained glass panels.
The architect and structural engineer, Victor Muscat Inglott and Godfrey Azzopardi respectively, designed the church in the 1960’s inspired by the post-war Modernist movement and in particular international modern church designs.
Both the design and the complex technology of the reinforced concrete were complete breakthroughs in local architecture, without compromising on the spirituality of the place. The church was originally meant to be appreciated from a perspective view as a bold free standing structure surrounded by a large open space. However, currently it can only be appreciated from the front and rear elevations with urban development encroaching on both sides of the church, dramatically reducing the original intentions of its design.
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority scheduled the parish church as a Grade 1 monument on 17th November 1995 as per Government Notice 722