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St. John's Co-Cathedral

St. John Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
+356 2122 0536
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Built between 1573 and 1577, this cathedral contains two masterpieces by Caravaggio.
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  • Average3%
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St. John Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
+356 2122 0536
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The exterior looks plainer than many Maltese churches but enter and you will be dazzled by gold, colours, paintings, marble, an inlaid funerary floor and yet more gold. I had seen a few pictures beforehand but was shocked by how they didn't do it justice....More

Thank FttH
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very plain outside, but incredible on the inside. The church is decorated in a baroque style. There are a some high points: 1. The marble floor consisting of grave stones 2. The paintings by and the story of Caravaggio 3. The side chapel of Provence...More

Thank Per-Olov L
Reviewed 5 days ago

The cathedral in Valletta shares its status with the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul in Mdina (hence the co-cathedral name). It was built in the 16th century, designed by the local architect Girolamo Cassar in the Mannerist style and dedicated to Saint John the Baptist....More

Thank Borzov
Reviewed 5 days ago

Well, this is a must-see if you are in the City! Absolutely stunning! Breathtaking Frescos and Statues. A mass of colour.

Thank Brian K
Reviewed 6 days ago

10 Euros entry but includes audio-guide. Gilded splendour. Plus Carrvaggio's masterpieces. Balcony accessible.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Worth going for the Carravagio painting alone. Interior is spectacular, belied by the very plain exterior.

Thank Stephen S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the price of admission. The admission includes a handheld device, which provides information at various stations. Be prepared to spend at least a few ours inside. The interior of the cathedral is beautiful. Don't miss the Oratory, which has some Caravaggio paintings. Photography...More

Thank nwaynesworld
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Exit was open with sign pointing round corner, we walked completely round the building and then went in the exit, only to be told the church service was finishing and it was closing. So we managed a quick look at the beautiful interior. Gold ,...More

Thank RufusBrisbane
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd highly recommend visiting the Cathedral to anyone travelling to Malta. It's a deceptively modest building on the outside - inside is absolutely stunning. The audio guide is comprehensive and provides a great education on the Cathedral and the island's history.

Thank Kieran P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful cathedral in an overly exuberant Baroque style that may be unique to Malta. They pulled out all the stops.

Thank Rolf L
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Jan E
24 September 2017|
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Response from annynutza | Reviewed this property |
Hello, we rented a small car for our trip and we think that is optimal way to visit all around. I see some hop on hop off buses, but the most of objectives are in the opposite part of island. From Mellieha are a lot of... More
13 July 2017|
Response from Alex C | Reviewed this property |
St John's is open 7 days, notwithstanding major events. The first time we were there it was closed because the President was being sworn in! No problem, returned the next day.
5 May 2017|
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Response from Adrian F | Reviewed this property |
The bus station in Valletta is located just at the entrance of the city, you just walk the main road named Republic Street and you will get to the Cathedral on your right half way into the street. Breakfast in the cafes in... More