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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  • Stopped into this museum while visiting Mdina. Entrance is cheap and you get to go down to where st Paul stayed, visited by Popes and where the tunnels made by locals for protection during bombing. Mu...  more »
  • My husband and I decided to drive to Rabat. Upon arriving we were directed by a little old lady to go to Wignacourt/St Paul's Grotto. This is worth a visit. Cost €5 euros to see the museam/St Paul's G...  more »
  • Good pizza, with a light dough. One of the few places that start their pizza dough with starter dough rather than yeast .. Moderate prices & a very friendly atmosphere.  more »
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  • Very welcome and helpful staff. The museum very cultural and everything is exposed in a very comprehensive way. Keep it up. Thank you.
  • Most interesting part about this museum is the air raid shelters in the caves and catacombs in the underground. St. Paul's secret little chapel is also quite interesting. The upstairs holds a few paintings, sculptures and old clothing.
  • Fantastic pizza with great service
  • Nice .A little bit expensive
  • Wonderful cafeteria, with a gem of a garden inside.

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