St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta

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Must see · World heritage site · Architectural Building · Religious Site
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The impressive structure was built by the Knights of Malta between 1573 and 1578. The interior boasts intricately carved walls, a painted vaulted ceiling, and a marble floor made up of Knight's tombs. The cathedral's chapels are filled with elaborate riches and dedicated to the different patron saints of the Knights. Don't miss Caravaggio's masterpiece, "The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist" (1608) in the Oratory, for which it was commissioned. Please check official site for opening hours, service hours, and other important details about visiting. Arrange your visit to St. John's Co-Cathedral and discover more family-friendly attractions in Valletta using our Valletta trip maker site.
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  • This church is an amazing example of Baroque design. It is definitely worth a visit to just be awe inspired, regardless of your religious affiliation 
    This church is an amazing example of Baroque design. It is definitely worth a visit to just be awe inspired, regardless of your religious affiliation  more »
  • With incredible interiors this is a must see in Valletta and a monument to worship and power. And just as fascinating as the alters are the individual inlaid tombstones in the floor. And then there....  more
    With incredible interiors this is a must see in Valletta and a monument to worship and power. And just as fascinating as the alters are the individual inlaid tombstones in the floor. And then there....  more »
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  • I was initially hesitant about paying €15 entrance fee, however I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. The cathedral itself is very pretty inside, extremely opulent and just goes to show how profitable churches are. The audio guide is very interesting and takes you through 19 different areas of the cathedral offering history on the various sections and decor. One of the areas was closed for restoration so we couldn’t see that but we were able to go into all of the other areas. I hope the cathedral puts some of the profits towards local charities.
  • Unlike any other European church I've visited. Bit steep of an entry ticket at €15 (the rest of Malta is pretty reasonably priced) but worth a visit. Make sure you cover your shoulders & above the knee or you won't have an easy time getting in & will have to wear a cover up supplied by the church

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