Parish Church dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Pjazza tal-Knisja, Mqabba
Mqabba became a parish at the end of the 16th century and the church, dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, was built over the site where two smaller churches once stood. It is believed that the building of the church took place towards the end of the 17th century.
The plan of the church is based on a Latin Cross consisting of a nave, a choir and two transepts. It is divided into three bays along the nave, and a single bay at the choir and the transepts. The design of the church has been attributed to Giovanni Barbara however, the documentary evidence to support this claim is limited.
The church suffered severe damage as a result of enemy attack during the Second World War namely the destruction of the dome and the unroofing of the southern transept. It is believed the post war repairs were carried out under the guidance of Andrea Micallef with the dome being constructed to a different design to the original one.
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority originally scheduled the parish church as a Grade 1 monument on 7th January 1997 as per Government Notice 008