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Address: St. John Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
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Built between 1573 and 1577, this cathedral contains two masterpieces by...

Built between 1573 and 1577, this cathedral contains two masterpieces by Caravaggio.

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Venetian-style church with super-important art

You can fly to Malta for the express purpose of viewing "The Decapitation of John the Baptist" by Caravaggio. Everything else, and there is lots, is extra. This painting is... read more

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You can fly to Malta for the express purpose of viewing "The Decapitation of John the Baptist" by Caravaggio. Everything else, and there is lots, is extra. This painting is amazing! Huge, beautifully executed, peak Caravaggio. Go at the very beginning of the day, before the crowds build.

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Ta' Xbiex, Malta
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Well before you visit this jewel of the former Knights of Malta cathedral, do go to any book sellers and buy any informative bloodletting it, as when you read it before your visit, it would help you to realize the beauty and treasures that you would be about to see. Woman are not to wear high pointed heels as it... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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This is an amazing place to visit. The somewhat plain, austere exterior gives no hint of the riot of the baroque interior. The audio system guiding you around from point of interest to point of interest is excellent and it is well worth setting aside a good hour at least to take it all in.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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We were very unlucky because the days we were to Valletta the church was closed due to works. However we were able to take a (small) look inside. It was awesome! Very elegant, breathtaking and I m pretty sure that is one of the richest cathedrals I have ever seen. Wish we could see more..

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Do this one even if you aren't a great fan of churches. It's stunning. To avoid crowds try to get there as early or as late as possible. It's very crowded once the day trips and cruise passengers arrive.

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This remarkable cathedral is best visited when there are no large tour groups going round, as they make it hard to view the side chapels and lower any sense of spirituality the building might produce. The highlight has to be a viewing of Caravaggio's majestic (If gory) painting of John the Baptist being beheaded. The skeletons and skulls on the... More 

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Thank Alan H
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a marvellous place, which, if you really want to visit well, takes some time. Every corner of the cathedral has something interesting to look at or study. Best time to visit is early in the morning, just as it opens, because of the quantity of people visiting.

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Chale, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stunning, probably the finest in the world. May be a good idea to issue timed tickets to reduce congestion.

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The Knights of St. John competed with each other to spend lavishly on this cathedral and it is stunning.

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I was part of a group to come and see this cathedral.Our guide had to speak quietly in a microphone, we all had our own listening device to try to follow what she said. There is so much to look at: paintings, gold, marble floors, statues and of course, 2 famous Caravaggio paintings. With being jostled the whole time by... More 

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