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St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta

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Considered one the finest examples of High Baroque architecture in Europe, St. John's Co-Cathedral represents one of the world's celebrated churches. The impressive structure was built by the Knights of Malta between 1573 and 1578. Though the exterior is somewhat rough, resembling a military fort, the interior boasts intricately carved walls, a painted vaulted ceiling, and a marble floor made up of Knight's tombs. Visit the cathedral's seven chapels, all filled with elaborate riches and dedicated to the different patron saints of the Knights. Don't miss Caravaggio's masterpiece, "The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist" (1608) in the Oratory, for which it was commissioned. An informative audio guide is included in the price of admission. Note that high heels are not permitted in the cathedral to preserve the marble floor. Slippers can be purchased on site. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Valletta holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the St. John's Co-Cathedral and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The Cathedral is a must see. Besides being a beautiful cathedral insofar as Altar, silver, marble, paintings, etc it also houses a paining by Caravaggio.  more »
  • I must admit that the interior of the church is considered to be one of the finest examples of high Baroque architecture in Europe. The Cathedral contains nine rich chapels, The painting depicting The...  more »
  • Outside this unique church one think it is a fortress but when you step inside it is like you are in heaven above. Was made by the elite of Europe to express there faith to prasie God and Saint John. ...  more »
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  • Steeped in the history of the Knights of Malta. Opulent and unique interior decor. Caravaggio's famous painting of the beheading of John the Baptist is displayed in the Oratory (now the Cathedral Museum). Worth a visit.
  • Lots of gold on the walls. One statue looked really bored. Lots of detailed paintings. Really liked the marble mosaic floors.
  • Audio guide is great. Very reasonably priced
  • Very impressive. Much more elaborate inside than I ever expected. The two Carvaggios are amazing to see in person. Priceless.
  • From the outside, the modest church, but inside - a jewel box in shining gold. It is worth a visit .