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. Make Church of Saint Paul's Shipwreck part of your personalized Valletta itinerary using our Valletta day trip planner .
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  • August 16, 2017
    This church is a surprise to those who come in because of the street don't have idea of your dimension. Although he was in recovery works we can see so is lina. Not to be missed on a visit to La Valletta
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  • August 16, 2017
    Popped in here thinking it would be tiny but it opens up into an enormous church, tucked away down a side street. Currently undergoing renovations.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    the Church seems to be a great work of architecture, with large Baroque references, but unfortunately during my visit was undergoing a renovation and it was not possible to see much ... I'll try in the future
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  • February 9, 2017
    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.
  • January 3, 2017
    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
  • January 23, 2017
    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
  • April 5, 2017
    Nice church - but like many others. Dark and atmospheric inside.
  • July 12, 2016
    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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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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