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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  • The Cathedral is magnificent but it's hard to absorb the feel of it with such a lot of people bumping into you listening to their interpreter walkie talkies which is a shame, I guess it's best to get ...  more »
  • The church is beautiful. An audio guide is also offered. However, it is little overpriced for what you get.  more »
  • I've never seen such a magnificent cathedral. In the chapel of a very precious gift from the hosting of a Knight is also in this Cathedral must-see
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  • A masterpiece of baroque art; a must-see place in Valletta. There is an entrance fee (10 €). Comprehensive audio guides are available in several major languages. Every piece of art, chapel and other parts of the church are described in detail. Unfortunately, the church is overcrowded and not all visitors respect the place of worship. Shorts and sandals can be occasionally seen, as well as taking selfies in front of the altar. When I was visiting (10.2017), the museum was closed.
  • Incredible decoration, almost a bit difficult to take in. Someone got a really good deal on gold leaf and marble. Makes every other church I've ever been (and I include the Vatican) to look dull and restrained
  • A beautiful and historic monument with amazing treasures of art! However, how can this gem be closed on Saturday and Sunday when a lot of tourists come to Valletta? That's really absurd!
  • Stuninng Cathederal and a very comprehensive audio tour but need to allow lots of time if you want to look at everything described. Probably 2 to 3 hours. We had one hour but had to leave at 4.30 as they were closing and missed a number of the audio points, the museum and shop.
  • Good place to visit. Historical landmark. The Cathedral main attractions are the expensive ceiling and forts which are embedded with lavish brock handy work and painted with scenes from the life of John the Baptist. This cathedral is home to many known works of arts.

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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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