St. Catherine of Italy, Valletta

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The Church of St Catherine of Alexandria is a Roman Catholic church situated in Valletta, Malta. The church serves as the parish church of the Italian community of Malta. Thus it is more commonly known as the church of St Catherine of Italy or Santa Katerina tal-Italja in Maltese.OriginsThe church was built in 1576 by the Italian knights of St John to serve as their church. It was built adjacent to the Auberge d'Italie. Girolamo Cassar was commissioned to draw up the plans. In the 17th century the church was enlarged. An octagonal church was added to the existing chapel. The original chapel was changed into the sanctuary of the church. The church underwent a major restoration from 2001 till 2011. Today the church still serves as the parish church of the Italian community of Malta.The church building is listed on the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands.Works of ArtThe titular painting was painted by Mattia Preti. It depicts the martyrdom of St Catherine of Alexandria. Preti donated the painting to the church after his arrival in Malta. The cupola of the church was also painted by Preti. He drew it with painted stucco decorations and ornamental patterns in grey and gold.
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  • This Roman Catholic church more commonly known as the church of St Catherine of Italy was built in 1576. Always admire this type of buildings, as they exist and stay like sanctuary for people from all...  more »
  • Outside pleasant, thanks to the porch that enriches the façade, this church is located at the end of Pjazza Teatru Rejal, in front of the "Our Lady of Victories Church." The Interior is small and bright, almost entirely topped by beautiful Dome, on which stand out gold amongst the ceiling paintings made in grey scale that gives a three-dimensional effect. Among the several paintings present, stands out among all the altar by Mattia Preti, that magnet just look crossed the threshold. Apart from the Cathedral, standing on anything but level and therefore not comparable, that of Saint Catherine is definitely among the best churches in the city. Remember that it is the Church which built community of the Knights of the Italian language and which still represents the meeting point of the Italian Catholic community of Valletta; on Sunday morning we celebrate the SS: mass in Italian.
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  • It is a typically Maltese Church, like all churches of Malta they hide a richly decorated interior.
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  • small church. Imposing structure. very nice details.
  • Church of St Catherine managed by Italian community
  • Valletta Old Town embellishments.
  • Great inside
  • I didn't have time to get in but outside, looks pretty austere. Many times we are surprised with the austerity exterior and interior richness.
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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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