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St. John's Co-Cathedral

St. John Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
+356 2248 0400
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Built between 1573 and 1577, this cathedral contains two masterpieces by Caravaggio. St John’s Co-Cathedral is a gem of Baroque art and architecture. It was built as the conventual church for the Knights of St John. This church is till this very day an important shrine and a sacred place of worship. It is also a venue for cultural events. The construction was commissioned in 1572 by Grand Master Jean de la Cassière to serve as the conventual church of the Knights of Malta and designed by the Maltese military architect Gerolamo Cassar. The church was dedicated to St John the Baptist, the patron saint of the Order. The oratory holds the biggest and only signed masterpiece by Caravaggio. St John’s church is administered by the St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation responsible for the religious cultural heritage of the monument.
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St. John Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
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Reviewed yesterday

I've travelled a LOT around Europe over the past 25 years, and have seen a LOT of cathedrals, but the St John's Co-Cathedral was definitely a stand out. It's certainly not as massive as some on mainland Europe, but the level of ornateness rivaled or...More

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Reviewed yesterday

The church is beautifully decorated and the audio guide is certainly a plus. However, try to avoid the crowds when visiting, because this really dampens the experience.

Thank Miriam D
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I love history and archaeology so made this one of our top 'to-dos' in Malta. It just feels a bit wrong for something as sacred as a church to be such a money making machine.. Not nearly enough loos for the volume of people they...More

Thank Jessica K
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Just wow! Right in the middle of everything lies this incredible treasure. It cost euros but comes with an audio tour device. The cathedral is just amazing! The floors are equally amazing. Everyone is extremely nice. And they promote the sharing of pictures, just no...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This chuch is amazing! I wasn't prepared for anything like this when I entered. The decoration inside is so rich, it's unbelievable! It leaves you speechless really. There are two paintings of Caravaggio that are worth seeing too. The entrance fee is a little bit...More

Thank Martina P
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The exterior is nothing special but the interior is richly decorated. Every scrap of wall and ceiling is covered with a high degree of gold or red. The floor is nearly all beautiful inlaid marble gravestones. A site not to be missed but in my...More

Thank David_Ro
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Reviewed 4 days ago

What an amazing Cathedral ! You are guided through the Cathedral with the aid of a hand held audio device. The architecture, fittings and artwork are stunning and the jewel in the crown is Caravaggio's 'The Beheading of John the Baptist' which is in The...More

Thank hcheetham
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We found this magnificent baroque cathedral the highlight of Valletta. Adorned with 24-kt gold moldings, beautiful hand painted ceilings and a separate chamber filled with Carravagio paintings, the structure of the church combined with its decor made it a special place to visit. Beware! There...More

Thank NewJerseyWanderlust
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is beautiful, but is not so big! I was there for maximum 20 minutes! It is clean, but it have a lot of peoples!

Thank Iva P
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I have just seen a few churches or cathedrals on level with this one. A few in Italy are equal. In Valletta, this is probably the most important one to see. Stunning really.

Thank Mattias S
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Marivilly
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Response from Boozemobil S | Reviewed this property |
Well I was there in Sept/October last year and it was quite warm T-shirt and shorts weather so check the long range forecasts and you should be ok.
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February 15, 2018|
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Allow at least two hours to do both. There is a lot worth taking the time for!
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Response from Goldenwords | Reviewed this property |
No it's not far to walk around as long as its not too hot. Get a good map and chart out your route. Go the the Battlements first and then you will get an idea of where everything else is. Try and find out when the cruise... More
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