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St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 5,500+ reviews on the web
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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  • this is a place to take a lot of time if you want to see , discover and enjoy the beauty of this excellent work of art displayed in the altar, museum, the paintings of carvaglio or the various statues...  read more »
  • Has sold us bars at 3:30 Eastern telling us to start with the Museum because he closed 45' more later but we plane time after to visit the Cathedral actually at 4.30 pm it is thrown properly Manager we brought us has explained that it was written but we relied on according to the staff who assured us that it was the Museum very very bitter after €12 And a botched tour
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  • surprising by the wealth of the place very decorated building entry chère(10 euros) with audioguide in french explanations long sometimes many people
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  • Amazing place. Inside it is possible to admire the beheading of Saint John the Baptist by Caravaggio.
  • Very impressive. Much more elaborate inside than I ever expected. The two Carvaggios are amazing to see in person. Priceless.
  • Beautiful inside and out with relatively helpful staff. A must if you're in Valetta, worth every cent to gaze upon this piece of history.
  • I spent nearly two hours today at this super co-cathedral. 10 euros (7.50 with a valid ISIC), but well worth it! Excellent audio guide, and beautiful, beautiful paintings, sculptures, and architecture. A must see while in Valletta.
  • Great historical church, but closes earlier than advertised and has the only unfriendly people we've run into on the island.
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