St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta

4.7
Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Architectural Building
The impressive structure was built by the Knights of Malta between 1573 and 1578. The interior boasts intricately carved walls, a painted vaulted ceiling, and a marble floor made up of Knight's tombs. The cathedral's chapels are 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. Please check official site for opening hours, service hours, and other important details about visiting. 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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  • This is the cathedral in the centre of the city very richly decorated from the top till the floor with the beautifully decorated floor. You will find many altars dedicated to saints or patrons or...  more »
  • Unfortunately the church is currently only open until 14:30 and you can enter until 14:00. So we had to come back after moving to Rabat the day after. But still I would have missed a lot I would say.....  more »
  • A national treasure! The amount of history and art this place holds is beyond me. Personally I find this place even more beautiful than the Vatican itself. Just wow!  more »
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  • Do not let the exterior fool you, once inside the phrase “speechless” was the perfect description for how I felt. Having visited many churches and Cathedral’s throughout Europe and Great Britain, the beauty of the interior of St. John’s is difficult to describe, even with photos. If in Valletta, this is truly a must stop for any visitor to savor in the beauty from the middle 1500s forward. The Beheading of John the Baptist is a beautiful work of art. The Cathedral has experienced recent renovations and a make over, making the wonderful spot even better.
  • It's cool but not much to do, there was a cafe nearby called kantina cafe which was fantastic.
  • Was just outside this time but have been in 100s of times. Always fascinating, intriguing and its richness gets into you. If you let your mind wander, you will feel the vibes of the years take over and think you are a knight waiting for the Cardinal's service.
  • This place is over the top. I've seen a lot of cathedrals across Europe, but this is one of my favorites. The detail on every surface is intricate and beautiful. Worth the €10 entry fee. The Caravaggio art is spectacular.
  • The architecture of the cathedral is fabulous both exterior and interior. Now add in the history and wow!!! The place is huge - doesn't look like it from the outside but it is. You don't meed to hire a private guide here. The ticket you buy to enter comes with a self guiding audio. Very complete and easy to skip around if you wan to. The views from upstairs are very special. Give yourself a couple of hours here.

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