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Church of Saint Paul's Shipwreck, Valletta
Categories: Churches, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
See the remains of St. Paul's wristbone and a portion of the column against which the saint, spiritual father of the nation, was executed at Church of Saint Paul's Shipwreck. Tracing its origins to the 1570s, the church is built in honor of St. Paul's shipwreck on the island, as described in the New Testament. Take time to admire the wooden statue of the saint and the mural of his life on the church ceiling. Descend down steep steps to the crypt underneath the church. Don't miss the stunning altarpiece by Matteo Perez d'Aleccio, paintings by Attilio Palombi, and the dome by Lorenzo Gafa. The church blends into surrounding buildings from the outside and can be difficult to find, so look carefully for signs directing you to the entrance. Work out when and for how long to visit Church of Saint Paul's Shipwreck and other Valletta attractions using our handy Valletta travel itinerary maker.
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A little breath taking Cathedral/museum that is unassuming from the outside. We almost walked right by it before stopping in- but we are glad we did. It is free but donations are always welcomed (appr... read more »
In contradiction with the St. John's Co-Cathedral, this church was quiet and free to visit. During our visit we saw two other tourists. I will not say that it is as impressive as the cathedral but it ... read more »
From the outside this looks like the entrance to a small shop. In the first room the lady on the desk asked what language I spoke and then gave me a two-sided sheet of information about the church. Wh... read more »
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