... but, if you like churches, this is very impressive. We liked the architecture (it would stand alone) but found the internal gilding and other ornamentation a bit OTT.
I'm not one to always want to see a cathedral or church when I go abroad but in this case, this is a must see if you appreciate history.... one to visit after you've done The Malta Experience audio visual show and understand the history behind the Cathedral.
Since our last visit twenty years ago this beautiful building has had much care lavished on it. The main improvement is the restoration of the gilding ripped off by Napoleon's troops. St. John's now looks better than at any time in the last two hundred years! For such a grand building, it has a surprisingly cosy, welcoming feel. and the... More
The opulence of the decoration is extraordinary and quite unexpected - and the two Caravaggio paintings are two of his very best. Not to be missed!
This will be the best 6€ you've ever spent. Includes audio guide with great commentary. You could spend hours here. Another bonus is photography is allowed except in a few rooms including Caravaggio's masterpiece "the beheading of St a John".
whilst not a lover of churches and cathedrals this has to be seen to be believed; one of the most opulent buildings ever visited and with interesting audio guides; ended up spending far more time than expected
This is one of a kind. It is so impressive inside depicting works of Caravaggio, wall sculptures guilted in gold and the building itself is majestic. It is easily reached as it is right in the centre of the capital city - Valletta.
Malta though a small Island in the Meditarranean Sea has a lot to offer especially for those who like history. The Cathedral is one of many Gems Malta has to offer an awesome experience for a must to visit. Travelling by public transport is still very cheap and there are very nice sandy beaches for one to enjoy a relaxing... More
From the outside it appears a modest grey stone building but inside it is a sea of gold gilding. The rich side chapels, the impressive nave and the unique Caravaggios make it a most impressive church. Well maintained, we also went to a mass to understand the beauty of the church.
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