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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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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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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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