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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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  • Very beautiful Baroque façade, enclosed in the palaces of via San Paolo, you don't appreciate immediately; reminds me of the baroque churches of Known, but it is still the Interior (not great, to 3 aisles with side chapels) to hit more; just a pity that the Church is quite dark and currently partially being restored (the ceiling and the crypt). The floor of the nave is covered with polychrome inlaid marble gravestones (including the Cathedral of St. John). Nice ceiling, small Dome, marble pulpit, the big wooden statue of Saint Paul, the extraordinary organ opposite the façade. In short to see, because it is free (now done no longer granted for churches). Note: here are 2 relics of Saint Paul: half of the column on which he was beheaded (the other half being in Rome) and a wrist bone dx. Service Note: the entrance is not on via San Paolo, the façade of the Church, but from a side entrance on via s. Lucia, which introduces first in an environment that should be the vestry. Finally I note that inside it is not allowed to take pictures
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  • Despite the restoration project that hides much of the scenery we discover a beautiful church, dark, imprinted with a devotion at the edge of the superstition: vocals prayers, conspiracies in the sacristy, preparations for the Holy week... St. Paul survivor shipwreck evangelised Malta to shots of miraculous healings. His statue, colorful, shiny, pampered by 4 centuries of bigotry, waiting, in a sort of Bell Jar behind the altar, his next outing in the streets of Valletta.
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  • Very easy to reach from St. John's Co-Cathedral. Just follow the signs on buildings on the left side of the square, next to Co-Cathedral. Good place for a prayer. Entry is free, but worth making a don...  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
  • 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!
  • Note, entrance is from the side street, not where maps show you. Free entrance.