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St Paul's Catacombs

St Agatha Street, Rabat, Island of Malta 2013, Malta
+356 2145 4562
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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 era archaeology in Malta.
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St Agatha Street, Rabat, Island of Malta 2013, Malta
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"audio guide"
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"well worth a visit"
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"low ceilings"
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"mind your head"
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"st paul"
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"ancient burial"
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"paul's catacombs"
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"combined ticket"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It's interesting, fascinating and reasonably priced . If you haven't ever seen one by all means check it out, but once you go into the second catacomb you soon realize that all the others are just the same. Of course we didn't find this out...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was an interesting visit which was part of our tour from a cruise ship. The area was well preserved and an extensive area of tunnels and burial sites. The is an exhibit in the main area with bones and artifacts, however the actual catacombs...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the catacombs last week and if you are in the Mdina/Rabat area can definitely recommend. Make sure you watch the audiovisual presentation first, it is very informative. There are a number of catacombs to enter, with different features to look for and which...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We didn’t know what to expect before visiting this place but we loved it. If you are going to Malta I would say visit this place alongside Mdina and of course the blue lagoon. There are plenty of catacombs to explore and also little hubs...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting place to visit €5. Well signposted but very claustrophobic in places. You also visit the family rooms used during the ww2 air raids. We took our toddler who is ok with the dark and small areas but not for all children. The floors...More

Thank ZBH88
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You begin your visit in the Exhibition Centre which has a good background to and illustrations of the catacomb complex. First of all you visit the largest catacomb which is very atmospheric and also contains a rare example of the circular dining tables where relatives...More

1  Thank APP06
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's quite interesting place. Explanations on panels around are amazing. I was disappointed that there is no option to rent audio guide. It has 23 catacombs which is quite a lot especially if you can show the most important things in less than 10 and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is so interesting to gain an understanding of how different cultures from the past managed their existences. Worthly of visiting!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Firstly I have to say that these aren't the only catacombs in the town as the are others at St Agatha and the Wignacourt museum so make sure you see the ones you want to. Rabbat is a very quaint historic place and I can...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I found these catacombs and the prison amazing and full of history. There are lots of stairs and some areas are a bit difficult to negotiate but as long as you wear sensible shoes and take care it’s not a problem.

1  Thank Barbara W
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OJ1982
February 14, 2018|
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Response from wahaejock | Reviewed this property |
St Paul's are the best ones to visit. 1-2 Hours to look at all of them.
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Todd P
May 8, 2016|
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Response from DrMarkES | Reviewed this property |
I just took the tour myself. There area few shops outside the chapel that have some booklets and explain all the rooms, kitchen, meeting room and the use of the catacombs by the Brits in WWII. I suggest you do it yourself... More
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kellykelly70
November 12, 2015|
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Response from drvelo | Reviewed this property |
Better not to go with a stroller , the catacombs are quite narrow and with many up and downs . Normally there are no crowds , so you can choose any convenient time for you .
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