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. Arrange your visit to St. John's Co-Cathedral and discover more family-friendly attractions in Valletta using our Valletta trip maker site .
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  • Very plain outside and oot inside. Very crowded with tour groups giving the individual traveller little room to view the superb inside visters.  more »
  • Sumptuous, magnificent, a sacred place with the tombs of Knights of Malta, of very beautiful works the very impressive array of Caravaggio. "I can say that the saint Jean Cathedral is majestic" to visit
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  • A visit to the St. John's Co-Cathedral is a must when in Valletta. The Interior is absolutely stunning. A magnificent ceiling, and don't forget to look down at the floor to see the beautiful marble wo...  more »
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  • If you don't do anything else while in Valletta but walk around and take in the magical city, you must visit the Co-Cathedral of St John the Baptist. It is one of the elaborately decorated and beautiful churches I have ever been in, rivaling St. Peters in Rome. There is an admission fee to visit as a tourist, but the funds are used to help maintain the build and the fantastic works of art.
  • A must see. The cathedral offers an overwhelmingly decorated experience with lots of gold and outstanding baroque imagery. - Having to pay 10 euros to get in is not acceptable. Take Notre-Dame as an example, completely free. Want to see the Museum? Pay 6€. - no free movement in the ship - floor plates are partly covered - the Italian chapel completely blocked by a replica of the Shroud of Turin - Who had the idea of renovating the Grandmasters crypt and the Museum in 2018?
  • Without a doubt the most impressive Cathedral I've ever seen. When first entering it seems the interior is "simply" richly decorated with marble, statues and gold ornaments. But after following the exquisite, and complementary, audio tour it becomes that every chapel, every ornament even, has been placed with meaning. The decorations are carefully thought through and refer to the many grand masters of the Knights order that have ruled throughout the centuries. There's an impressive amount of detail and history tukked away in this grandiose place of worship. Definitely a must see when visiting Valletta.
  • A true gem built by the Knights of St. John full of works of art and tapestries, world famous for the Caravaggio's Beheading of St. John. A must see for everyone visiting Valletta. Rest assured that you won't be disappointed.
  • Beautiful Cathedral built by the Knights of St John. Has the restored Caravagio "the Beheading of John the Baptist " on display in it's ornate surround. The cathedral houses the chapels of the various nationalities of the order , each uniquely decorated and many containing the relics of saints within the individual alters. A visit would see you through a fascinating 2hrs with live restorations in progress. And for just €10 pp including an audio guide.
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