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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  • So beautiful. Make sure you find the stairs so you can see the different perspective from up top! So close to the painted ceilings 😍  more »
  • The outside of this cathedral does not prepare you for what’s inside! So many incredible pieces of art, including a lamp from the 1600’s!  more »
  • What a beautiful Cathedral. As you walk inside you are greeted by a glittering golden environment. The art is amazing. Well worth a visit.  more »
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  • Marvelous cathedral in the heart of La Valletta, from the XVI century and dedicated to St John's Baptist. The inside looks just great, with painted roofs and marble floors. The oratory is impressive, with amazing Caravaggio paintings. Considering the audioguide is included in the price the entrance is not that expensive. Although I believe it should be maximum 6 Euros instead of 12. Worth a visit.
  • A must visit when in Valletta. A simply stunning building with a rich history. Outside does not prepare you for the amazing decoration inside. It does cost €10 each to enter which accept in cash or by card and it does get busy so there can be a long wait. We went shortly before last entry which was good as it thinned out as closing time approached but they do get you out promptly though. The also give you a talking guide to listen to as you wander around which provides historic detail. A beautiful place to visit.
  • The building is absolutely stunningly beautiful. I have limited mobility in that I have a severe lung condition and need to limit my walking to as little as possible. Therefore I need clear information about the venue I am visiting in order to get the best out of my visit. This did not happen due to the incompetence and patronising, lazy attitude of the staff/guides. I later became aware that I was not informed how to use the audio guide properly by those at the entrance where one pays to enter. This became apparent when one grumpy guide crossly informed me that I should follow the map on the set. Another problem was that I was repeatedly told to place the headset above my ears but the headset just fell off my head because it was too big. Further, only one side was working. I tried to explain this to a member of staff who told me to place them on my head and actually walked away. I was all over the place, walking backwards and forwards to view the cathedral that I was completely worn out and quite upset at the attitude of the staff. I only saw a small part of the cathedral because I was worn out and upset at the lack of communication and support from the staff. They need lots of customer service training, particularly in the fact that many people have 'hidden' disabilities.
  • Gorgeous Cathedral with beautiful art work! Didn't think the added audio tour is any additional for most people who go here but worth the visit anyways. The cathedral it self is absolutely gorgeous and I would have loved to take a picture of the art works in the back but the light was really poorly installed so the pictures show only light on the glass reflection. Anyways if you're in the area and interested in culture don't skip this Cathedral
  • This Cathedral is well worth the visit. Please note that you can go pray in the prayer chapel without paying if my understanding is correct. The 10 euro tour price comes with an audio guide that you can follow in consecutive order or jump around to areas of the Cathedral you are most interested in. The Eucharistic Adoration chapel is on the right of the altar and Masses are also held at the Cathedral.
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