The Citadel, Victoria, , Victoria , Gozo
Opening Hours: Saturday 10:00 - 13:00Saturday 13:30 - 16:30
The Gozo Cathedral Museum inaugurated on 21 October 1979. Museum is located on the east side of the church and the entrance is a few metres away from the Cathedral’s north door. The Museum consists of three delightfully decorated halls: the Picture Gallery in the upper hall, the Silver vault in the lower hall, and a varied collection of items in the main hall.
It worth a visit to the Gozo Cathedral Museum it has purely the most magnificent paintings, by well-known local artists: Giuseppe Hyzler, Michele Busetti and Tommaso Medion. The Cathedral was constructed between 1697 and 1711. A Baroque structure in the form of the Latin cross, it is built from the local limestone under instructions from the Maltese architect, Lorenzo Gafa. There is a 1739 painting on the interior of the temple giving the impression of a dome, when in reality the roof is flat. There is also a display of ecclesiastical silverware.
You can admire a tabernacle canopy of local cotton, a Flemish tapestry baldacchino (early 18th century, and a green umbrella formerly used to shield the bishop from the sun during processions held in the morning. Inside the same showcase, there are several 18th century statuettes of Portuguese origin. In the corners of the hall, there are the Easter and Triangular candlesticks. The three oil cans next to these were used to fill up the oil lamps that hung inside the Cathedral.
Behind the landau, an old clock and old statues stand on an early 19th century Maltese chest of drawers with inlaid designs of Maltese crosses. Further there are displays with the mitres of past bishops and vestments used in the liturgy of St John Chrysostom. In the corner there is a porcelain flower pot stand and a set of bronze mortar-pieces they were used for firing shells in pyrotechnic displays on the feast of Santa Marija.