Wignacourt Museum, Rabat

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The Wignacourt Museum is a museum in Rabat, Malta. It is housed in an 18th-century Baroque building which housed the Chaplains of the Order of St. John, and it is named after Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt, who ruled over the Maltese Islands between 1601 and 1622.The museum is linked to St. Paul's Grotto, where Paul the Apostle is believed to have stayed while he was shipwrecked in Malta, as well as a number of hypogea and World War II-era air raid shelters. Its collections mainly focus on art and religious artifacts.HistorySt. Paul's Grotto is a grotto in which Paul the Apostle is believed to have stayed in while he was shipwrecked in Malta, and it is located beneath the Collegiate church of St. Paul. The grotto had become a popular pilgrimage site by the early 17th century, and in 1610 it was entrusted to the Spanish hermit Juan Benegas de Cordoba. In 1617, control of the grotto was passed to the Order of St. John, and Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt raised the status of the grotto and the church above it to a collegiate church in 1619. He also established the Wignacourt College in order to manage the church and the grotto.The building which now houses the Wignacourt Museum was built in 1749 to house this collegiate. It is constructed in the Baroque style, and it contains three levels. The underground level is linked to St. Paul's Grotto, and it also contains a number of Punic, Roman and Early Christian hypogea which are interconnected with a complex of World War II-era air raid shelters. The building includes a garden and a small chapel, which was originally used for private worship by the chaplains.
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  • Religious grotto, WW11 air raid shelter, and art museum. Excellent value. Look for the car. Austin Six.  more »
  • Honestly I loved it, I was expecting something more. The cave of Saint Paul bella. The catacombs and/or air-raid shelters during World War II infuse a bit of angst. As for the furnishings of churches all crammed into rooms filled with dust. On the first floor there is to see a little more but as I said in the review title: nothing!!!
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  • For a very modest fee you can see an impressive array of artefacts and paintings. In addition you can visit the catacombs and St Paul’s Grotto. These places are steeped in history, you feel as if you ...  more »
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  • Well worth the visit. One entrance ticket and you can visit three historical places - St. Paul's Grotto, WW2 air raid shelters and an art gallery with rare artefacts. Also has a delightful indoor courtyard where you can grab a quick snack
  • The grotto of St Paul is great. Staff are friendly. And theres a spotless bathroom. Its good value too at 5 euro. Some fabulous paintings also. 2 nice restaurants. Brilliant catacombs and WWII air raid shelters. The catacombs are huge
  • Great museum and the underground shelters and catacombs are very interesting
  • Very welcome and helpful staff. The museum very cultural and everything is exposed in a very comprehensive way. Keep it up. Thank you.
  • The museum is beautiful and nice

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