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Church of Saint Paul's Shipwreck, Valletta

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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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  • This Church dedicated to St. Paul's shipwreck on Malta's coast in 60 AD is some 300 m from the magnificent St. John's. You cannot see it's exterior properly, as it's packed between narrow Valletta str...  more »
  • This is a very historic and beautiful church dedicated to St. Paul. There are many side areas to explore. It is undergoing renovations and there is little in the way of explanation as we could find. I...  more »
  • Unfortunately didn't get to see church at its best, there were lot of workmen in and very dusty. Therefore just a brief visit, but will go back again next time we visit Valletta. it is tucked down a s...  more »
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  • Turned up at the perfect time. Wow stunning singing from a male voice choir in the gallery. Big service with all the top local dignitaries. Really awe inspiring. How did we just turn up at the perfect time. Amazingly majestic.
  • Very popular church in St Lucia Street in Valletta. Very nice inside, see my 360° Panorama. Entrance is free. Opposite is a small Cafe called Piadina which offers Italian food. Also very very good
  • A wonderful small church with a stunning interior You could easily walk past the outside without realising but make the effort and find it Free entry and lots of things to view a great little gem
  • Nice church - but like many others. Dark and atmospheric inside.
  • The unique beauty of this church is truly overwhelming: the richness and opulence of the marbles displayed therein – be that the solid marble columns, over forty ledgerstones covered with very detailed, fine mosaic intarsia marble, marble flooring, marble tiles, marble wall coverings – virtually everywhere, as far as the eyes can see, is covered with very fine marble! The richness and quality of the marble exceeds that of not only St John’s Co Cathedral, but even the Capella Sistina itself! It is among the finest, most lavish and sumptuous marble I have ever seen in my whole life. St Paul’s Shipwreck is a national “hidden gem” which should be on the very top of the list of sites to visit in Malta, up at the very top next to St John’s Co Cathedral. The church should be brought back to its former glory, and should be on every tourist guidebook – a top attraction in Malta!

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Where to stay in Valletta

The small city of Valetta offers fewer lodging options than some of Malta's larger cities, but accommodations include everything from upscale hotels to less-expensive guesthouses. Stay in the city center at one of several old-fashioned hotels to be in close proximity to sights like St. Johns Co-Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, multiple museums, and a wide variety of restaurants. One fun option involves renting traditional Valletta houses that have been converted into rental properties and date back to the time of the Knights of Malta. Smaller bed and breakfasts are dispersed throughout the city. Book well in advance to avoid high prices.
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