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St. Agatha's Crypt, Catacombs & Museum

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Address: St. Agatha Street, Rabat, Island of Malta 2020, Malta
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+356 2145 4503

St. Paul’s Catacombs are a typical complex of interconnected, underground...

St. Paul’s Catacombs are a typical complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries that were in use up to the 4th century AD. They are located on the outskirts of the old Roman capital Melite (today’s Mdina), since Roman law prohibited burials within the city. St Paul’s Catacombs represent the earliest and largest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta. The site was cleared and investigated in 1894 by Dr A.A. Caruana, the pioneer of Christian archaeology in Malta.

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We visited in November 2016. Don't miss the museum, it has a fascinating collection of items. We spent 30-40 minutes looking around the museum. I think Catacombs tour lasted about... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 November 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The actual catacombs were very interesting, as there were several frescos as well as many open tombs, but the visit was influenced by the very dry delivery of the guide. There was no opportunity to take a few extra minutes to absorb the atmosphere as we were kept in a tight little group. Prior to the guided tour there was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We visited this after the St. Paul's catacombs so we were somewhat catacombed out and as has been said b4 the guided tour spiel may be too often repeated to hold the deliverers interest. The Museum artefacts - above ground accompanying were highly quirky- Egyptian Mummified Crocs etc and labelled rocks and stones- a geologists dream perhaps? The path down... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Together with these Catacombs it is a must to also visit St Paul's Catacombs and St Paul's Grotto. Very informative and well organized. What history, unbelievably worth visiting.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We visited in November 2016. Don't miss the museum, it has a fascinating collection of items. We spent 30-40 minutes looking around the museum. I think Catacombs tour lasted about 25-30 minutes. We are both rather tall/large people and had no problems in the Catacombs, just watch your head as you pass through the doorways! Easy 10 minute walk from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

For me, this was the highlight of the visits I made to many of Malta's historic sights. I expect that most of the well known places will have been "reviewed to death" and so I will concentrate on St. Agatha's. Catacombs were a good choice for my time in Rabat, because of incessant rain; and I thought St. Agatha's looked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Probably in my top 5 of all things we did in Malta and Gozo BUT because it isn't that touristy. We were the only ones arriving so the chap did a tour just for us, so it felt special (if a bit awkward at first). The tour guide was really knowledgeable and answered our questions, and then we went up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Visited with family earlier today- great museum- needed more than 20 mins to look around. Crypt & Catacombes a lot less 'Disney' that the others. Very good- worth the visit. Floor uneven and if you have mobility issues avoid this place, lots of ducking and small doors.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Small but easy accessible catacombs, a little more rough than the S:t Pauls catacombs. Not so big at all, but very interesting. Not so damp either! Access through a small church with a lady that's very eager to welcome you. No entrance, but donations.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

For five euro per adult you could visit the museum, crypt and catacombs. The tickets were bought from a guy sitting just by the entrance of the museum. One could choose in which order to visit. The crypt and catacombs are visited together with a guide in group so one could visit the museum before or after or both before... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Fascinating if a little odd museum. Guided tours by a knowledgible person will answer any questions. Artwork on the stone walls is fascinating.

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