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St Paul's Catacombs

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Address: St Agatha Street, Rabat, Island of Malta 2013, Malta
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+356 2145 4562
09:00 - 17:00
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OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at...

OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at 16.30Hrs).

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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I enjoyed a visit last year to St. Agatha's Catacombs, and intended to return, with my wife. However, it turned out that St. Agatha's were closed on Saturday afternoons; and so we... read more

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We came back to here as we were keen to see the catacombs. It wasn't what I was expecting, it was much better. The catacombs are absolutely huge, really surprising. You can explore all of the catacombs. The main one is very big, was so interesting to see all the different sizes of the tombs. The other catacombs are accessible... More 

Thank Lottelli
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I enjoyed a visit last year to St. Agatha's Catacombs, and intended to return, with my wife. However, it turned out that St. Agatha's were closed on Saturday afternoons; and so we crossed the road and went to St. Paul's. I'm glad we did, as the visit was a great success. The admission charge (seniors) was most reasonable; and there... More 

Thank Scotty062
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stairs and narrow passages mark the trail through the catacombs that also once protected residents from WWII air raids. The cave that sheltered St Paul, his church are included, as well as an art museum featuring paintings, a courtyard and a vintage vehicle. The catacombs are cool, and fresh - definitely a relief from the Maltese sunshine. Restrooms on second... More 

Thank Nancy K
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been to catacombs in Rome and Cappadocia before but these are quite different. Not too difficult to get around or claustrophobic as some can be. Were used as bomb shelters during the war. With the museum upstairs and a few surprises like an old Austin four door sedan, this makes for an interesting morning out.

Thank Aussiesisters2
Gunnislake, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a very enjoyable trip, but you have to be responsible as the catacombs are vast and go on for miles.they have now placed emergency buttons around so that you do not get lost.

1 Thank rvt45
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Extraordinary site with over 20 separate catacombs accessible by staircase. Some are quite extensive underground

Thank Martin M
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to other catacombs before. But this one is really big. More importantly, the paths were well carved out, and the lighting was superb. We took lots of great pictures inside. We ended up staying much longer than expected.

Thank Ray820
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is a must. There is nothing like it in the UK. Centuries old catacombs stretching over a vary large site. I was there on a hot day but once you enter the catacombs, the temperature plummets. Christians, Jews and pagans were buried here and the signs outside each one tells you what to look for. It is only... More 

Thank ellefire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A piece of history ancient burial place for hundreds of years and also an air raid shelter during the war recently been renovated and a proper visitor centre and well lit, safe walkways throughout.

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not an activity you could spend all day at however it's worth it if your a history lover and haven a couple of hours on your hands and for €5 I thought very good value. Everywhere was well maintained and well lit I did feel they could have put more information inside the catacombs themselves rather then have to cross... More 

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